By Kirat Kaur | Photos By Jasminder Kaur
SINGAPORE: The success of the Ride For Charity (RFC) from Malacca to Singapore last year has prompted a rebrand and plans for more ambitious community sport and fundraising activities under the newly minted banner of Harmony on Wheels.
This year’s initiatives were launched at a celebration dinner for RFC participants and well wishers on Feb 13 at the NUSS Guild House at Suntec City.
Ride For Charity 2014 [see the Asia Samachar report here] saw 55 riders, with over 30 support crew members, cycle the 270 km from Malacca to Singapore in two days.
The final amount raised was announced at the celebration dinner last Friday – $210,000 in total – has gone to the Sikh Welfare Council (SIWEC), which provides a range of welfare programs to all regardless of race or religion.
Donations were received from a wide range of individuals and organisations, including institutions such as the Singapore Tote Board and Lee Foundation.
SIWEC chairman Amarjit Singh Wasan noted that RFC is a bottom-up initiative from a group of dedicated individuals who voluntarily went out of their way to raise funds, enabling the council to embark on new ambitious programs.
RFC organisers announced the new Harmony on Wheels 2015 initiatives at Friday night’s dinner.
In addition to the flagship Ride For Charity planned for November 2015, this year’s plans include:
- a Cross Country Harmony Ride on 12 Sept – a shorter ride where participants will cycle around Singapore with pit stops at a gurdwara, church, mosque, mandir, Buddhist temple and synagogue;
- Mount Kinabalu Trek in June 2015, with weekly training sessions at Mount Faber to begin from March.
Harmony on Wheels’ mission is to live, share and spread harmony. It aims to be an apolitical, non-aligned and inclusive initiative.
This year, after much deliberation, it has added a second charity to fundraise for – the Sunlove Abode for Intellectually-Infirmed, a charitable home for the intellectually disabled located in Buangkok. – ASIA SAMACHAR (18 Feb 2015)
PHOTO CAPTION: (L-R) Inderpal Singh, Vice Chairman (SIWEC); Manjit Singh Randhawa, (partially hidden) Chairman, Organising Committee, Ride for Charity 2014; Amarjit Singh Wasan, Chairman (SIWEC); Karpal Singh Malhi, Advisor, Central Sikh Gurdwara Board (CSGB); Gurjeevan Singh (video production team, RfC 2014); Simha Kaur Jastol (Head, social media, RfC 2014); Ler Hwee Beng, Trainer, Ride for Charity 2014; fund raiser Sarjit Kaur Khosa; Diljit Singh Athwal (partially hidden), Member, Organising Committee, Ride for Charity 2014; Dilbagh Singh, Advisor (CSGB); Shoeb Burhanuddin, President, Bike Aid (Singapore); and Ranjit Singh Walla, Member, Organising Committee, Ride for Charity 2014 – PHOTO BY JASMINDER KAUR
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