Ride for Sight 2013

December 28th, 2012 @

Riding for the right to choose!

This year’s Ride for Sight (RFS), the annual charity bike – a – thon jointly organised by St. Nicholas’ Home Penang and the G – Club Penang Cyclist, saw 26 blind and visually impaired (BVI) trainees on tandem bicycles, accompanied by 1200 enthusiastic cyclists from all over Malaysia cycling for an important cause. With the sole purpose of raising awareness and opening the eyes of the public to the rights of the blind and visually impaired community, the cyclists started their 20km journey from Straits Quay, riding all the way to and through the Penang Heritage area, before heading back to Straits Quay.

The previous two Ride for Sight events were so successful and made such huge impacts as it served as a clarion call for the blind and visually impaired to lead a life of independence without any restrictions. The BVI community are more often than not pigeon-holed and faced with barriers that are typically an outcome of low expectations from people who have a poor understanding of the abilities of the blind. Therefore, events such as Ride for Sight provide the perfect avenue for the BVI community to champion for their rights.

This year’s event saw SNH exceed its expected number of registrations, with more than 1200 participants taking part in this unique ride! With generous sponsor such as BSG Property leading the charge in making this event a rousing success, SNH also managed to raise more than RM150, 000 because of all our generous supporters! BSG Property has long been a strong supporter of St. Nicholas’ Home Penang and when approached to be the main sponsor, they came on board with full force.

Many other corporate Samaritans such as Sunway Grand Sdn Bhd, Fastron Sdn Bhd, Shell Malaysia Trading Sdn Bhd, Fairchild Semiconductor (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd and L’occitaine En Provence (Malaysia) also contributed a significant amount of cash in support of the event. For the second consecutive year, Giant Bicycles also returned with a exceedingly generous sponsorship of 5 new bicycles for the main Lucky Draw. A folding bicycle contributed by the Lions Club of Penang Komtar is another main lucky draw attractions.

To add some glamour to the event, Amee Philips Exclusive Jewellery came in with an award winning necklace to get the ladies excited. Various hotels, restaurants and beverage companies such as Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa, Lone Pine Hotel, G – Hotel, Equatorial Hotel, Cititel, McDonald’s Malaysia, The Delicious Group Sdn Bhd, Keluarga Utama Sdn Bhd and 100Plus showed their support towards the event by contributing vouchers and beverages for this year’s RFS 2013.

The overwhelming response of this year’s RFS can also be attributed to the efforts and contribution of FTG Media, Impress LED Advertise Sdn Bhd and Yes Media for their free promotional advertising and to the extensive coverage by the various members of the press. After last year’s success, Straits Quay also returned as the venue sponsor.

Various other entities such as BP Healthcare Group and Shoes Two Point Zero came in as first time sponsors to help make this event merrier. With the support of Metrobikes and their sponsorship of rental bicycles, many of the participants who were first time cyclists had the opportunity to join in on this meaningful ride. All proceeds from the rental charge were donated entirely to the event.

The encouraging response and continued support given to Ride for Sight 2013 shows that there is increased awareness among the public of the plight of the BVI community. This is indeed a positive step towards achieving the dream of equality for the BVI community and towards exercising the rights of the BVIs to choose an active lifestyle.

For more information, please contact 04 – 229 0800 or visit www.snh.org.my .

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