Andy Chew, 43, is a veteran fundraising cyclist. For the past four years, he has cycled for different charitable causes, and raised almost $40,000
This year, despite nursing a broken thumb, Andy is taking on the Wheels for GOOD SG50 Scenic Ride. He has also persuaded three of his cycling buddies to join him on this momentous ride.
“It has always been a joy to use a sport I love to raise funds for the needy,” said Andy. “Cycling for GOOD is my way of paying it forward.”
Andy will join 500 other cyclists who will ride in two races to celebrate two milestones, Singapore’s Golden Jubilee (SG50) and the 130th anniversary of the Methodist Church in Singapore (MCS130) at the Wheels for GOOD event on 15 August 2015 at Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park.
Organised by Methodist Welfare Services (MWS), the funds raised at Wheels for GOOD will go towards Getting Out Of Debt (GOOD) Programme, which aims to cancel chronic debt accumulated through daily living from identified needy families from over ten social service agencies such as MWS Tampines, Daybreak and Covenant Family Service Centres.
The idea of mounting an event based on wheels reflects the 360 approach that MWS employs to enable beneficiaries to beat the poverty cycle. This approach includes meeting immediate needs through financial assistance, empowering them through counselling, debt management and financial education as well as preparing them for the future through the support of educational and psychosocial needs of their children.
SG50 Scenic Ride and MCS 130 Fun Ride
An estimated 300 cycling enthusiasts will take on the SG50 Scenic Ride (50km) that will cover scenic spots around Singapore such as Upper Thomson and Punggol.
Another 200 cyclists will take on the MCS130 Fun Ride (13km), ideal for families and friends who want to share a leisurely ride along the Park Connector Network (PCN) starting from Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park.
All registration fees collected through the Wheels for GOOD event will be channelled to the GOOD Programme.
A ‘Wheely’ Fun Carnival
A “wheels themed” fun carnival for families, young and old as well as GOOD beneficiaries will also be organised at the park. Carnival goers can relive the childhood game of rolling bicycle rims with a stick and take part in various group and individual activities such as Wheelchair Basketball Challenge, inline skating challenge, kids roller racing and Human Foosball Challenge.
Members of the public who wish to register to ride in Wheels for GOOD can do so at www.mws.sg/wheels4GOOD.