I am helping to organise this leisure ride for someone whom we affectionately called 'Dada' (Sanskrit for 'brother'). Dada who hails from the Philippines manages 'Baan Dada', a home for about 45 disadvantaged children in Kanchanaburi in the western rugged region of Thailand. On 23 Sep this year, Dada went on a solo ride from Kanchanaburi to Singapore in his bid to raise proceeds to cover university fees for eleven children. He has since cycled more than 2,000 km, covering an average distance of 200 km a day and we are glad that he has just arrived safely in Singapore.
With the children at Baan Dada during our visit in Mar this year
In fact earlier this year, some of us flew in to Bangkok from Singapore and together with some Thai cyclists, we cycled close to 400 km in three days to Kanchanaburi region. We made private donations to them. While there, we made a visit to Baan Dada home and their newly set up vocational centre for the children to learn some vocational skills. Greeting us were the children, some are orphans and some are not but they are certainly disadvantaged in many ways. Perhaps, Dada decided to return the 'favour' by attempting this solo ride to Singapore.
With The Thai Cyclists Before Setting Off
This is an invite to anyone to join us on a leisure ride (approx 50 to 70 km) on a mix of road and PCN from Katong Park to Changi Village and back via East Coast. An extended rest stop will be at Changi Village for makan/breakie/brunchie at our own cost.
Joining us will be Dada (he should have recovered fully by then) and we can get the chance to talk to him and to understand his work in Kanchanaburi.
Picture taken with Dada (in orange) in Singapore
Our gathering point is at Katong Park, Fort Road and we will set off at 0800 hrs sharp. Please do arrive early. You can bring your foldies, roadies, MTBies and whatever 2 wheelies that can take you to places and we are going on a leisure pace. You can get your friends to join in too.
The theme for Dada's ride is "Cycling for Children's Education" and therefore, at the end of the cycling tour, you may wish (optional) to make a personal donation which will go towards supporting Baan Dada's worthy cause. There is NO minimum or maximum amount.
Last but not the least, this event is not organised by any particular group. Rather it is friends and acquaintances of Dada who have come forward to organise this meaningful event.
To know more about Baan Dada, you may want to click on the following links: