TWENTY-FIVE visually impaired residents of St Nicholas Home enjoyed a breezy bicycle ride during the 18km ‘Ride for Sight’ event in Penang.
Guided by 25 sighted pilots, the one-hour journey which began from the home in Jalan Bagan Jermal took them to Esplanade, Karpal Singh Drive, Komtar and several other places before returning to the home.
Resident Muhammad Sirajudin, 18, said he enjoyed the ride on Sunday.
“I really love the whole experience of being able to get out here, catch some fresh air and ‘taste’ a different surrounding.
“My pilot guide was very friendly and helpful. He made my journey memorable and comfortable throughout,” he said after returning to the home.
Sighted pilot Choo Wai Kong, 56, said he was glad to have sacrificed his morning hike for a meaningful event like this.
“I thought I could help since I cycle regularly and it is also our responsibility in contributing to the community.
“The journey was very enjoyable as well, as I got to talk to my partner. Both of us had fun during the ride,” he added.
Ride for Sight organising chairman Teoh Kheng Tatt said the event, held for a third time, was meant to bring cycling experience to the visually impaired residents.
“It is important for them to discover and experience different kinds of environment.
“We need to provide them with chances in experiencing these kind of activities, both as a community and society,” he said.
The event was jointly organised by Lions Club of Tanjung Star with The Narpies, Bike Pusher and Penang State Biker.