PERAK Parkinson’s Association and Ipoh Down Syndrome Centre will jointly organise a charity cycling event in Ipoh on May 17.
With Kelab Roadrunners Ipoh (KRI) as event partner, well-wishers who contribute at least RM100 would be able to participate in the charity ride to be flagged off at the Potpourri House on Jalan Woodward.
The association’s president, Samuel Ng said pledge cards would be distributed among the public in hopes of raising RM100,000 for the running of the non-governmental organisations.
“It will also be an outreach programme to get more people with Parkinson’s Disease to recognise their condition.
“There must be at least 1,000 Parkinson’s patients in Perak but I suspect many more are suffering in denial and have not received proper treatment yet.
“We also want to tell people that exercising can delay the onset of Parkinson’s disease,” said Ng, adding that the association would be utilising part of the funds raised to equip its centre in Taman Mirindy with exercise equipment.
Ipoh Down Syndrome Centre chairman Steven Chong said its centre in Taman Sri Kurau needed at least RM8,000 per month to operate.
“We also hope to make people realise and understand that 99% of Down Syndrome cases can be detected as early as when the foetus is 11 weeks old.
“Just as the case with people now getting Parkinson’s Disease at a younger age, foetuses belonging to younger mothers are also found to be with Down Syndrome,” he said.
KRI president Chong Him Shoong said the cycling event would be more of a family ride.
“It will be a distance of 15km to 20km and will take about 90 minutes to complete.
“We will try to avoid heavy traffic routes and it will be well marshalled,” Chong said, adding that KRI would have 30 bicycles to loan out on a first come first serve basis.
Participants would also receive a Brookes T-shirt each.
State executive councillor Datuk Dr Mah Hang Soon is expected to flag off participants at 7.30am on that day.
Other events to be held at Potpourri House on that day include a food and fun fair from 9am to 1pm and a pet event organised by Jean Veterinary Clinic from 10am to noon.
The veterinary clinic’s representative, Michelle Chong said among the activities to be held were a Dogathon, fun games and competitions for dog owners and their pets, free consultation by veterinarian Dr Teoh Choong Jean and also talks on neutering and spaying.
To purchase booklets for the food and fun fair priced at RM10 each, to donate or to be a sponsor, call 05-545 5610 or 011-1640 8406 (Terry Wong) or 012-557 1682 (Samuel Ng).