RIDE for Malaysia may be over, but good things are still happening at the Star Media Group.
The winners of the fun prizes for fancy dress and families have just been decided! The bike event held on July 30 at Sunsuria City, Putrajaya, was a lovely day out for 2,000 people who had turned up in full force to ride and promote a spirit of unity in the country.
As part of the festivities for the day, the organisers included fun prizes for those who took part in the shorter 5.5km ride.
Lee at the event. He won the first prize under the Fancy Dress category.
For the Most Sporting Family category, the first prize (RM2,000) goes to Vinod Rau Samudram’s family who dressed up as action movie heroes Captain Jack Sparrow, Wonder Woman and Spider-Man (bib numbers 5528 and 5529), while the second prize ((RM1,000) goes to Chong Chun Kit’s Batman family of four team (bib numbers 5447, 5448, 5449 and 5450). The third prize (RM500) goes to Lim Wen Jian and Ng Chee Veng whose child cycled along on his tricycle (bib numbers 5545 and 5546).
Everyone at the event would have noticed the friendly neighbourhood “Spider-Man” aka four-year-old Maya Sophia Vinod and her parents, Vinod, 45, and Sheila Senathirajah, 42.
“When we saw there was a fancy dress competition, our daughter Maya, who loves to dress up, inspired us to follow suit,” said Vinod.
What a great idea that was for the family, who has now come out tops. Although the judging criteria for this category was initially meant for a family of four, the judges took into consideration the effort taken and made allowances for participants with up to four members in the family.
Zulkifli Ariffin won the second prize
For the Fancy Dress category, Lee Chee Kwang, who wore a shirt made out of a banana stem and had a head dress and bicycle elaborately decorated with fruit and flowers (bib number 5494), wins the first prize of RM2,000, while the second prize (RM1,000) goes to Zulkifli Ariffin who draped himself in flags (bib number 5577).
When interviewed on the day of the ride, Lee said he had used all-natural recycled material to make his costume as he wanted to promote a green concept to the riders present.
The fun-loving man also said his costume had an auspicious meaning. “The pineapple (in the headgear) means ong lai or prosperity while the cabbage is bao choy in Cantonese, so together, it sounds like bao ong lai, which means ‘guaranteed prosperity’,” he explained. It’s no wonder then that he earned the first place prize!
For the Best Looking Duo category, there was an insufficient number of participants who qualified, but the judges have decided to award a “Special Consideration” prize of RM500 to mother-and-daughter team Ina Yusni Yusof and Nurul Najiha Nooradzlyn who decorated their head gear and bicycles with flags (bib numbers 5541 and 5443).
Winners will be notified on how to collect their prizes by the events team at Star Media Group.
Vinod with his wife and daughter at Ride for Malaysia. They each dressed up as action movie heroes – Captain Jack Sparrow, Wonder Woman and Spider-Man.