TEN cyclists braved the scorching heat and pouring rain throughout their 1,110km ride, but it was all worth it as they managed to raise funds in support of Cycle for Cancer 2022.
The 10-day bicycle ride was organised by the Malaysian Medical Association (MMA) to raise RM200,000 for the National Cancer Council (Makna) and the patients they supported.
The money raised will be used for cancer-related services and public awareness campaigns and also to promote cycling as a healthy activity.
The cyclists, who were accompanied by 16 volunteers and four medical assistants, journeyed from Sandakan to Sibu.
Sarawak Deputy Minister of Public Health, Housing and Local Government Michael Tiang greeted them at their arrival point.
“Such an endeavour is highly commendable and I give the organiser, cyclists and supporting staff a huge round of applause for making Cycle for Cancer 2022 a success.”
He said the state government was pushing for a Sarawak Cancer Centre to be built soon to better serve Sarawakians.
“Cancer is the second leading cause of death in Malaysia, claiming approximately two lives every minute. The incidence of cancer is expected to double by year 2040,” he said.
Tiang added that cancer patients needed the people’s support, especially since they might have faced delay in screening, diagnosis or crucial treatment during the Covid-19 pandemic.