A TWO-DAY charity ride featuring the royal families of Kedah and Perlis, and some 650 cyclists raised RM80,000 for charity.
There were two categories in the Yayasan Sultanah Bahiyah (YSB) Fellowship Ride 2019 – VVIP Ride (25km) and YSB Fellowship Ride (65km) – which began at Keriang Hill Resort in Alor Setar, Kedah.
The fun ride was flagged off by Datuk Seri Tunku Sakinah Almarhum Sultan Badlishah, who is the eldest sister of Sultan of Kedah Al-Aminul Karim Sultan Sallehuddin Almarhum Sultan Badlishah.
Among the royalties who took part in the 25km VVIP fun ride were the Raja Muda of Perlis Tuanku Syed Faizuddin Putra Jamalulail and Tunku Temenggong Kedah Tan Sri Tunku Puteri Intan Safinaz Almarhum Sultan Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah.
Others who joined in the fun ride were Kedah Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir, Deputy Finance Minister Datuk Wira Amiruddin Hamzah, Kedah youth and sports, tourism, arts and culture, entrepreneur development committee chairman Mohd Asmirul Anuar Aris and heads of government departments from Kedah and Perlis.
Raja Puan Muda of Perlis Tuanku Hajah Lailatul Shahreen Akashah Khalil was also present to provide moral support to Tuanku Syed Faizuddin and the cycling team from Perlis.
Star Media Group’s stringer G.C. Tan also took part in the event.
Yayasan Sultanah Bahiyah is a charity organisation named after the founder and royal patron, the former Sultanah of Kedah Almarhumah Tuanku Hajah Bahiyah Almarhum Tuanku Abdul Rahman. It was incorporated on August 20,1996.
YSB general manager Datuk Misbah Abdul Hamid said the ride was to raise funds for the organisation to carry out welfare projects and other programmes.
“We raised some RM80,000 from the participants’ registration fees and sponsorship from corporate bodies.
“Besides fundraising, the ride is also meant to promote healthy lifestyle through cycling which has become a trend nowadays.
“We hope to unite the people of various ethnic groups and religious background.
“It also enables YSB to strengthen the relationship between the foundation, corporate bodies and government departments, ” she said.
Misbah said the two categories of ride allowed the cyclists to see for themselves the beauty of the state.
There was also a lucky draw with prizes worth RM35,000.
One of the lucky participants was Peter Fong, 37, who won a RM14,000 Yamaha Y150ZR motorcycle.
“I consider myself lucky as I have never won any lucky draw prizes previously.
“I just started cycling a year ago to keep fit and occasionally, I’ll cycle with seven other friends who are all senior cyclists.
“I will keep the motorcycle as a spare vehicle, ” said Fong, who is a car mechanic in Jitra.