SIXTY underprivileged primary school pupils from six schools in Bukit Mertajam received RM120 each, thanks to the Bukit Mertajam Bicycle Club (BMBC).
The schools’ parent-teacher associations also received RM1,000 each and these donations came from proceeds of BMBC’s charity cycling event organised for the fifth year.
“The 50km cycling event commenced at the Seberang Prai City Council (MBSP) headquarters in Bandar Perda and ended at MBSP Sports Complex in Jalan Betek, ” said BMBC chairman Teh Guan Wah in his speech at the cash aid presentation ceremony recently.
He said Malaysian Red Crescent Society and Persatuan Keselamatan Sukarela also received RM1,000 each from the proceeds.
The six schools comprised SJK (C) Kay Sin, SJK (C) Sin Ya, SJK (C) Peng Bin, SJK (C) Permatang Tinggi, SJK (C) Perkampungan Berapit and SK Kebun Sireh.
State women and family development, gender inclusiveness and non-Islamic religious affairs committee chairman Chong Eng was the guest of honour.
Also present were Machang Bubok assemblyman Lee Khai Loon, MBSP councillor Bernard Cheen and event organising committee chairman Lim Kean Hock.
Teh said the event attracted 750 participants, including cyclists from the Philippines, Singapore, Indonesia and Britain.
Chong Eng praised the cycling club for organising the charity cycling event for the fifth year in Bukit Mertajam and being able to raise a meaningful sum to donate.
She said cycling is good exercise to lose weight and stay healthy.
“That is why when you look at cyclists, all of them look young.
“Next year, is our tourism year and I hope BMBC will organise a lot of activities to promote beautiful places in Bukit Mertajam through cycling, ” she added.
She said cycling would be a great way for tourists to discover suburbs like Bukit Mertajam.
“I am encouraging them to get into cycling as a way to visit places in Bukit Mertajam and discover nice places and good food.
“You can invite your friends from India, friends from Taiwan and other countries.
“If you are a cyclist, you can invite your friends from Perak, Kuala Lumpur or Singapore to come here for the weekend and cycle around Bukit Mertajam.
“So, this is a new concept where everyone plays a role in promoting our area, ” said Chong.