St Nicholas Home for the Blind residents had a wonderful surprise when friendly cyclists dropped by and took some of them for a ride on tandem bicycles.
Many of the residents had never ridden a bike before and were euphoric to feel the wind rushing on their faces as they rode behind their sighted riding partners.
Resident Ahmad Hazmi Mohd Amer, 18, said that at first, he was afraid.
“But the fear was overtaken by exhilaration and I enjoyed the ride at every turn, ” he said after the ‘Ride for Sight 2020’ organised by Tanjung Star Lions Club.
“I was nervous about traffic but the ‘pilot’ steered the bicycle carefully and I stopped feeling afraid.”
Chiam Mui Chin, 45, who just joined the home last month, said she never thought blind people could ever ride a bike.
“The ride was great and I enjoyed it very much, ” she said.
Ride for Sight 2020 organising chairman Jewelz Ong said 20 residents of the home went on the ride early in the morning with members of the Narpies Bicycle Team.
“The 10km ride took the delighted St Nicholas Home residents through Tanjung Bungah, Tanjung Tokong, Straits Quay, Gurney Drive and back.
“This is the fourth year we are taking the residents on a ride with the sole aim of building a healthy lifestyle, ” said Ong.
Also involved in the ‘Ride for Sight 2020’ were members of the Bike Pusher Bicycle Team who rode solo and Penang State Bikers Community members who acted as marshalls during the ride.
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