Cycling is a leisure sport for most, but for a group of 70 passionate cyclists, they have discovered an opportunity to turn their hobby into a good cause. Come 15-18 January 2016, these cyclists will be participating in the KDF Millennium Ride and riding 1000km in four days to raise funds for the Kidney Dialysis Foundation (KDF).
Held since 2014, the annual KDF Millennium Ride is organised by Epic Cyclist, a local cycling group, and known as one of the most physically and mentally demanding rides in the region. Cyclists will endure at least 8 hours of cycling to complete a distance of 250km each day through various types of terrain and weather conditions from Malaysia to Singapore.
This charity ride will see cyclists from all walks of life come together to support the cause, including a physiotherapist, teacher, pet-groomer, CG artist, SAF medics and a journalist. The oldest cyclist is 63 years old and this will be his third year participating in the ride. There are also 10 female cyclists participating.
A total of SS$322,000 was raised through the KDF Millennium Ride in 2015 and this was matched by the Community Silver Trust Funds at 40%, making it a total of S$450,800 for KDF. Epic Cyclist hopes to raise at least $300,000 next year for the less fortunate who require dialysis treatment.
All proceeds from the donations will be channelled to needy kidney patients under the care of Kidney Dialysis Foundation. Members of the public can donate via this link https://give.asia/charity/kidney_dialysis_foundation_limited. Both individual and corporate donors get a 3 times tax rebate if the donations are received by 31 Dec 2015.
KDF is a non-profit charitable organisation that provides subsidised dialysis treatment to needy members of our community. KDF is focused on a niche group of patients, who are from the lowest 10 per cent of the income group and referred by medical social workers from the restructured hospitals. Most of these patients – if employed – hold jobs such as cleaners, hawker assistants, store assistants and taxi drivers.
Christmas is the season of giving, be it to family, friends or those who are in need of help. Do support and help those who require a helping hand for their treatment.
Information and visual as kindly shared by KDF and SG Story.