Malaysian riding from Darwin to Melbourne to raise funds for cancer research


PETALING JAYA: To raise funds for the fight against cancer, a Malaysian doctor is cycling 4,000km from one end of Australia to the other.

Riding from Darwin to Melbourne, Dr Ong Wee Loon is hoping to raise RM50,000 for the National Cancer Council in Malaysia and another A$50,000 (RM160,000) for the Cancer Council Victoria.

“Funding for cancer research is much needed so I chose to raise money this way,” said the 27-year-old who is based in Australia.

Dr Ong, from Alor Setar, said he decided to contribute to the councils due to his medical background and personal interest in pursuing radiation oncology (a branch of medicine specialising in cancer) or urology.

“Anyone can get cancer, old or young,” he said, adding that he has a friend, also 27, who was diagnosed with uterine cancer.

Dr Ong, whose hobby is cycling, began his ride from Darwin on Aug 6 and is expected to reach Melbourne on Sept 22.

While he has passed through charming towns, he also had to go through undulating highways that cut through rocky hills.

He said his journey has been physically exhausting with strong winds and the “unforgivingly” hot weather.

“I have to persist and finish it as people are donating to the cause. Once I hit each milestone, it feels very satisfying,” said Dr Ong, who hopes to cycle around the world one day.

His Malaysian wife Dr Violet Koh travels in a camper van to support him on his journey.

Donors can visit Dr Ong's website at thecancerchallenge.net where they can also read about his journey.

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