The Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH) Charity Ride 2013, now in its third year, is organized by the Tan Tock Seng Hospital Community Charity Fund, in aid of needy patients. The TTSH Community Charity Fund (TTSH CCF) was set up in August 1995 to improve the quality of life of less fortunate patients, especially the sandwiched class who fall through the gaps of the system and are unable to receive help from traditional sources.
The event was originally scheduled to take place on Bintan Island from June 21-23, 2013. Unfortunately, the rapidly worsening haze condition at the time, led to the organizing committee’s decision to call off the ride, with the safety and health of participating cyclists being the utmost priority.
Despite so, the participants raised over $390,000 through the event, which would go towards helping the hospital’s needy patients with the necessary medical assistance they require. The top fundraiser this year is Mr. Gerard Tan, who singlehandedly raised more than $27,000 for the needy patients. For his great effort, Gerard received a Storck Scenero G1 Frame, courtesy of event sponsor, Storck Asia Pacific.
In place of the original ride, the organizing committee arranged a smaller scale TTSH Goodwill Ride for the participants. On September 21-22, 2013, 82 cyclists took to the undulating hills of Bintan for the Goodwill Ride, covering distances of either 30km or 60km. Hosted by Nirwana Gardens, the official venue partner of the event, the cyclists were comfortably accommodated over the weekend. Together with official bike mechanic for the event, Fat Cat Cycles, all rides were well serviced and safe kept within the premises of the resort.
Graced with perfect weather, the ride was flagged off at 7:30am on Sunday morning. While the 30km route loops at Ria Bintan, the 60km route breaks left on the return trip into the village of Simpang Lagoi, where cyclists had to scale the unforgiving King of Mountain twice. The ride offered all those who participated the experience of riding on relatively peaceful roads through villages and rolling hills, something not quite attainable on our bustling island metropolis.
This scenic ride was made possible with the assistance from the Tourism Department of Bintan, the road marshals, police, medical teams and helpers. The Charity Ride was successfully concluded on Sunday afternoon. All those involved headed home after a satisfying weekend of riding in Bintan but more importantly, making this event a successful one through their efforts in raising funds for their fellow mankind.