'Giving time is more valuable than money'

'Giving time is more valuable than money'
HELPING HANDS: Volunteers from Course Security SG and other motorcycle clubs, pack goodie bags for the WOL 2013 beneficiaries. (From left) Mr Shaun Neo, Mr Steven Teh, Mr Nathantiel Tay, Mr Jay Ridhuan, Mr Jerry Soh, Ms Grace Lim, Mr Tony Yeo and Mr Raguvathi.

Donating money to charity is easy.

Devoting time and effort to charitable causes is harder, yet more fulfilling, say volunteers of charity event Wheels Of Love (WOL) 2013.

Yesterday, volunteers for the event - a motley crew of bikers from Course Security SG and eight other motorcycle clubs - jointly added yet another feather to their charity cap.

Some 60 bikers completed the charity ride to the Jamiyah Children's Home (JCH) in conjunction with the Children's Day Week.

Mr Shaun Neo, 28, organising chairman for WOL 2013, says: "In charity work, you can contribute in many ways other than giving money.

It all depends on the needs of the beneficiaries."

For the children from JCH - some of whom are orphans or come from abused families - it was a day of fun with bikers, playing futsal, captain's ball and designing sketch books.

That was in addition to admiring the many motorcycles parked at the home's Guillemard Crescent premises.

Says volunteer biker Jerry Soh, 57: "It's the interaction and love that matters for neglected children. These are things that money can't buy."

At last year's WOL 2012, some of the elderly patients from St. Luke's Hospital just wanted a listening ear because they seldom receive visitors.

Says Mr Soh: "Some told us their life stories.

Others made song requests. It was quite funny because most of us can't sing."

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