Charity virtual ride to help needy folk

PENANG Adventist Hospital (PAH) is organising the ‘Why I Ride – Pandemic Version’ – a virtual cycling event specially designed for the public to have fun while moving and raising funds at the same time.

In view of the economic slowdown during the pandemic, PAH is inviting the public to ‘move’ physically with the aim of raising funds for the needy.

Participants will take on the challenge to cycle 30km and raise a minimum RM100 pledges per person towards the event.

“Alternatively, they can pledge or donate towards a participant’s ride.

“Those who manage to get RM100 pledges and complete the 30km ride will get a finisher souvenir.

“We encourage participants to solicit funds as much as they can, by getting family and friends to pledge for their actions.

“The event sees us partnering with LinkBike Penang, making it convenient for participants who do not own a bike to cycle and be part of this fundraiser with ease.

“Besides being a cycling event that raises funds for the needy, the event title ‘Why I Ride’ reflects the significance of being part of this cause as we encourage participants to ride with a purpose,” PAH said in a statement.

Through this fundraiser, PAH hopes to raise RM250,000 in aid of the Dr J. Earl Gardner Fund, which assists needy patients who require major surgeries.

“LinkBike Penang will donate 100% of LinkBike rentals during the ‘Why I Ride’ period from Aug 17 to Aug 31 this year to Dr J. Earl Gardner Fund.

“In 2019, we disbursed more than RM2.77mil in medical charity.

“This year, during the pandemic season, the charity team is not slowing down in reaching out to the needy in our community.

“At the end of July, a total of RM1,176,895 had been approved for medical charity disbursements.

“Dr J. Earl Gardner Fund is one of the funds that benefits many needy patients and the fund is currently running low.

“Due to the pandemic and current donation trend, we forecast a sharp drop of 40% in total donations by the end of this year.

“We earnestly urge for public partnership especially during this season to continue our cause regardless of the challenging season,” the statement read.

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