Cycle to help families in chronic debt

SINGAPORE - The Methodist Welfare Services will be holding a fund-raising cycling event on Aug 15 to celebrate both Singapore's 50th birthday and the 130th anniversary of the Methodist Church in Singapore.

Called Wheels for GOOD (Getting Out of Debt), the initiative aims to raise funds for households which are in chronic debt.

It hopes to raise $1.7 million to help 850 families clear an average of $2,000 of chronic debt each.

The organisers estimate that about 500 cyclists will take part in the event, in which there are two routes. The first is 50km scenic ride through places such as Upper Thomson and Punggol.

The second is a 13km fun ride, along the park connector network starting from Bishan-Ang Mo Kio park. The park will also be the venue of a carnival on the day of the event.

The registration fee for the 50km ride will be $80, while for the fun ride it will be $50. The money collected from registration will count as funds collected for the cause.

Members of the public can register online until June 30 at www.mws.sg/wheels4GOOD.

lesterh@sph.com.sg