Have fun while raising funds for a good cause

FROM growing moustaches to cycling across the Causeway, some people have taken fund-raising to a whole new level, beyond asking people to drop spare change into tin cans.

And they are having fun at it, too.

Bonded by a common interest, 10 Singaporean cycling enthusiasts aged 23 to 42 have come together to form Team Kayuh Kuat Kuat, which literally means "pedal hard hard" in Malay.

The group will kick off on Sunday a series of cycling activities which will lead up to the main event in June next year, when they will cycle from Penang to Singapore. They will travel to Penang via other means of transport.

The team hopes to raise $35,000 for the Asian Women's Welfare Association under Pedal For A Cause, an initiative by Invasion Online, a social-solutions and platform-building agency.

Similarly, army staff officer Willy Tan is combining his interest with altruism.

Come Sunday, he will take part in the Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore (SCMS) under the Run For Good charity programme. This marks the first time that SCMS is partnering online fund-raising platform GIVE.sg to let marathon runners raise funds for their preferred charities.

The run, however, would pose some challenge for the 33-year-old, who sustained serious injuries to his collarbone, shoulder blade and ribs in a motorbike accident in June.

"I'll try to stay focused on the run and ignore the pain," he said. He will be running to benefit the Tan Tock Seng Hospital Community Charity Fund.

However, not all fund-raising efforts require physical exertion. Riverkids, a non-governmental organisation against child-trafficking in Cambodia, is inviting donors on a four-day yoga retreat to Siem Reap, with all proceeds going towards its cause.

"We've learnt that hardware, like building schools, is not as helpful as training and supporting local staff and volunteers to teach," said Ms Elaine Woon, the fund-raising and communications manager of Riverkids.

The trip is an opportunity for participants to experience Cambodian culture and food while doing a good deed, she added.

You can follow Team Kayuh Kuat Kuat's activities on www.twitter.com/pedalforacause

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