Geared for 300km bike 'n' blade event for charity

The Charity Bike 'n' Blade team includes (from left) event chairman Sidney Lim, co-chairman Albert Yeo and participants Peh Chong Eng, Dorothy Yeo, Clement Goh, Sarah-Cae Lim and Steven Lim.
The Charity Bike 'n' Blade team includes (from left) event chairman Sidney Lim, co-chairman Albert Yeo and participants Peh Chong Eng, Dorothy Yeo, Clement Goh, Sarah-Cae Lim and Steven Lim.ST PHOTO: ONG WEE JIN

Senior manager Lee Sow Fong may have started endurance cycling only about two years ago, but the 61-year-old is ready to take on the gruelling 300km route at this year's Charity Bike 'n' Blade.

She is the oldest participant in the fund-raising event, which will mark its 10th year by revisiting its original 2005 route in Malaysia, from Desaru to Mersing and back to Desaru. Yesterday, 92 cyclists, two in-line skaters and 32 volunteers set off for Desaru. Participants will complete the route over two days and return to Singapore on Sunday evening.

"Rather than simply cycling for fun, I thought it'd be meaningful to combine my passion with charity," said Ms Low, who cycled weekly, sometimes up to 120km at a time, to prepare for the event.

This year, organisers aim to raise $500,000 for dementia patients at St Andrew's Community Hospital and The Salvation Army Peacehaven Nursing Home. As of yesterday afternoon, they are about $100,000 short of their target.

Said founding chairman of Charity Bike 'n' Blade Sidney Lim: "We've evolved from (being) just a group of cycling enthusiasts to having participants of all ages and from all walks of life coming together to cycle for a good cause."

The event has raised more than $5 million for various beneficiaries over 10 years.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 05, 2015, with the headline 'Geared for 300km bike 'n' blade event for charity'. Print Edition | Subscribe