Epic cycling trip raises $340,000 for kidney dialysis patients

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Sixty-three cyclists arrived at the Singapore Island Country Club yesterday after cycling 1,000km to raise $340,000 for the Kidney Dialysis Foundation (KDF). Members of non-profit group Epic Cyclists cycled for four days along the east coast of peninsular Malaysia, starting from a rainforest resort in Belum, Perak, and ending in Singapore. They rode for more than eight hours a day, covering a distance of 250km. The cyclists came from all walks of life, with the oldest being 63-year-old retiree Peter Sng. Last year's Millennium Ride, which is now in its third year, raised $322,000 that went towards providing dialysis for needy kidney patients. Last night's welcome event, attended by Health Minister Gan Kim Yong, also marked the 20th anniversary of the KDF, which has provided subsidised dialysis services to more than 800 patients since its inception in 1996. The KDF currently serves 340 dialysis patients at its four centres islandwide. Also in attendance was former deputy prime minister Wong Kan Seng.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 19, 2016, with the headline 'Epic cycling trip raises $340,000 for kidney dialysis patients'. Print Edition | Subscribe