Cyclists Give Back to Charity During Ride For Rainbows 2016

Togoparts Editorial Team | 27th Jul 2016 |

Cyclists, former beneficiaries manage to raise over $650,000 during the event.

On the morning of July 24, 25-year old Ms. Chia Yi Wen took an opportunity to return the support she received back then by participating in the Ride for Rainbows fund-raiser, a cycling event held by Club Rainbow once a year.

Ms. Chia, along with 400 other riders, managed to raise over $650,000 which will be used to help out Club Rainbow’s over 700 beneficiaries: children from newborns up to age 20 suffering from illnesses. The money raised will be spent on programmes such as financial subsidies, counselling, education assistance, and even recreational outings.


Returning the Favor

Ms. Chia suffered from a liver disorder called biliary artesia as a baby, and spent most of her childhood visiting hospitals on a regular basis. To prevent trapped bile from further damaging her liver, She had to undergo an operation at just three weeks old, and a second operation when she was seven, after experiencing major compications.

Doctors advised her to steer clear of strenuous physical activities until she was 12, and she still had to visit the hospital every 6 months. Unable to join her peers in primary school, this left her feeling excluded.

When she reached 11 years old, her life took a turn for the better when she started attending Camp Rainbow, an annual camp for people with life-threatening illnesses, run by Club Rainbow. When she turned 16 years old, she became a volunteer at Camp Rainbow, helping children with a similar experience.

“It made me feel good about myself,” said Ms. Chia, now a preschool teacher. “I could take part in activities such as captain’s ball and hockey, and I didn’t have to sit at the side and feel sad,” she added.


Ride for Rainbows

The fund-raising event, now in its fifth year, was attended by cyclists from all walks of life, including Social and Family Development Minister Tan Chuan-Jin, who also handed out the awards during the event as a guest of honour. During the event, participants rode distances of 35km, 55m, and 105km for charity, starting and ending in Asia Square.

Among Club Rainbow’s beneficiaries is Keven Chua, a 17-year old student suffering from a rare skin disorder. “The programmes helped me to step out of my comfort zone,” the Secondary 3 student said.


Other Charity Events

Aside from Ride for Rainbows, there were also other charity events held on the same day. In Yishun, Over 1,000 people participated in a community walk organised by Sree Narayana Mission to raise awareness on dementia. At East Coast Park, over 7,000 UOB employees, together with their families and customers participated in a charity run and walk.

4,000 more participants in China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand paricipated in a similar UOB Heartbeat event.

In Asia alone, Over $1.1million was raised to help underpriviledged children and children with special needs.