By Chan U-Gene
A SCHOOL teacher has embarked on an endurance bicycle ride to raise funds for Bedok Town Secondary rugby player Adhe Noviello.
Aaron Kong, himself a former rugby player, has joined the Pedalholics Cycling Club's Interstate ride, which will cover 500km over three days.
The 32-year-old is using the Malaysian annual event as a personal bid to raise funds for Adhe.
Kong hopes that donors will pledge $1 for every kilometre he covers.
A target amount has not been set.
So far, Kong has raised at least $500 from friends and colleagues.
Yesterday, the 349 riders set off from the Perak Riverside Resort in Kuala Kangsar.
They will pass through Kota Bahru in Kelantan today, before finishing at Lake Kenyir Resort & Spa in Terengganu.
Kong was not contactable for comment yesterday.
Adhe, 17, was admitted to the intensive care unit at the National University Hospital on March 31.
He had suffered a head injury during the Schools National Under-17 rugby semi-final against Anglo-Chinese School (Barker Road).
The Straits Times understands that he was discharged last week, but has difficulty speaking and moving the right side of his body. He also had to be spoon-fed soft food.
Those who wish to donate to the cause may e-mail their name, NRIC and mobile number to firstname.lastname@example.org. Details will be sent out after the ride.
This article was first published in The Straits Times.