100 motorcyclists take part in games with the visually impaired


Trainees from St Nicholas’ Home performing an item for the visitors at the open day. — Photos: CHAN BOON KAI/The Star

A GROUP of burly bikers hung their helmets and gloves for a fun day of games while being blindfolded.

The 100-odd motorcyclists let their hair down as they enjoyed themselves during an open day for bikers at St Nicholas’ Home in Jalan Bagan Jermal, George Town.

From indoor blindfold games to an outdoor telematch, the bikers, some with their wives and children in tow, were also paired with the visually impaired trainees for greater interaction.

They were divided into separate teams and some were required to guide their friends who had blindfolds on, from one place to another.

Participant Admal Zul Abd Hamid, 59, a security guard, said it was an eye-opening experience for him, as it was not easy using a cane to get around.

Bikers with blindfolds attempting to identify items put in cups in one of the activities at the open day for bikers at St Nicholas’ Home in George Town.
Bikers with blindfolds attempting to identify items put in cups in one of the activities at the open day for bikers at St Nicholas’ Home in George Town.  

“I learnt to appreciate the gift of sight more when carrying out some of the tasks given with a blindfold on,” he said when met at the recent event.

The bikers also learnt how to guide blind persons on the road by holding their elbow to support them.

They also learnt to listen to the clapping of hands to determine which direction to move.

Event coordinator Mohamed Adib Mohd Yusop, 33, said he first volunteered as a marshall for a tandem cycling event at St Nicholas’ Home.

He then initiated a 26-day solo motorcycle adventure ride, from St Nicholas’ Home to the border of China to create awareness on the blind and visually impaired.

“I started my journey with the mission of ‘Ride for sight, bikers support the blind’. So, through this open day programme, I wanted to foster closer ties between the bikers and the blind,” he said.

The participants later attended a briefing on the home’s operations besides being entertained by its resident band.

The home’s executive director Daniel Soon thanked the bikers for visiting the home as well as for their contribution of RM4,000 to the home.


   

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