in total age
Give patients hope for a kidney transplant.
Help us raise $257,000!
Four cyclists – Mr Tag Sin Siew, Mr Michael Ngu, Mr Tee Lay Kern and Mr Tan Ah Chwee – whose ages add up to a remarkable 257 years, will embark on a 16-day cycling journey in July across United Kingdom to raise funds for NKF!
Initiated and organised by the four cyclists, “Riding for Hope” will cover more than 1,600km and will be the longest distance the team ever takes, particularly for one team member, Mr Michael Ngu, 62, who is physically challenged due to a bout of childhood polio, immobilising his lower limb movements. Despite his physical challenge, the rider is determined and optimistic about the upcoming journey. He will be riding on his handcycle, which is three-wheeled and powered by arms rather than legs. Besides Michael, the team leader, Mr Tag Sin Siew, 60, will also ride on a three-wheeled recumbent bike.
They hope to raise $257,000 for charity and every dollar raised will go towards NKF’s efforts in promoting kidney transplant, as all expenses for the trip will be covered by the cyclists. The riders likened their three-wheeled cycles to the three kidneys in a kidney transplant recipient’s body, as the recipient’s own damaged kidneys will not be removed during the transplant.
“Just like the three-wheeled bicycles allow the cyclists to overcome physical challenges, having three kidneys symbolises hope for a kidney patient, as they are given a new lease of life through the transplant. We are honoured to contribute to a good cause,” said Mr Tag.
First Hand Updates from the Cyclists
Day 1: 8 July 2018
“We embarked on our cycling journey from Land’s End, to conquer a distance of 1,600km. This number may seem daunting, however, in life, it isn’t just about focusing on the numbers, as long as progress is being made.
Riding for 4 to 5 hours, I realised that it is important to just enjoy the journey, taking some time out to admire the scenery and eat. During our journey, we passed by a steep hill, which was about 1,000 meters high. Just like the mountains, it seems never ending. This made me think about what kidney patients go through in their journey, having to face obstacles after obstacles.”
Day 2: 9 July 2018
“Unlike the rest of us, Michael is riding on his handcycle, having to power the bike forward with his arms, rather than legs. It really is not an easy feat for him!
Just like the steep hills, life can be a battle of ups and downs. Everyone’s life journey is different, and there is no need to make comparisons. What’s most important is to make the most out of the life you are given! Just like this cycling journey, it is with the friends and mutual support of loved ones that pull us through difficult times. With this message from the UK, I hope it inspires kidney patients to live a beautiful life!”
Day 3: 10 July 2018
“Today’s route has been the toughest of all the days, and having managed to conquer a 2,300 meters steep slope! Despite the scorching hot sun, I am still thankful to be able to witness the most scenic and jaw-dropping view of nature at its best.
What an unexpected encounter at dinner; meeting an English man (pictured), who is also here with the same objective of raising funds for charity. Indeed, what a beautiful day!”
Day 4: 11 July 2018
“Unlike driving which uses fuel to get around, cycling requires physical strength. When you drive a car, it brings you from location to location in a quicker speed, while for cycling, the pace is much slower. You pass by rural areas with beautiful sceneries.
Cycling also allows me to admire the little things around me, soaking in the natural smell of flowers and even the fresh cow dungs around the countryside! In life, we have to learn how to cherish every moment and create worthwhile memories to keep.”
Day 5: 12 July 2018
“Michael mentioned something unforgettable: “If you can wake up in the morning, you would have already started a good day.”
I have known Michael for 22 years, and I admire his perseverance, determination and courage. From a young age of 6 starting out in the old city of Kuching, graduated from the University of Australia, and eventually joined the company of the renowned American architect I.M. Pei. Through some struggles and hard work, he became the CEO of an architect firm.
Every step of the way, he has always looked ahead and not dwell on why an unfortunate thing happened to him. It is his hope that all kidney patients will look forward, have courage and be a normal person.”
Day 6 & 7: 13 & 14 July 2018
“My brother-in-law, Tan Ah Chwee, 74, was a technician when he was younger.
When I was a child, he used to bring me out to play often. Watching movies, swimming, travelling to Malaysia – I really had a happy childhood!
He has always been content with his life and has no contention with others. I have not seen him lose his temper, and whenever anyone has a request, he just went with it. He lives a simple life, having bread for breakfast, white porridge for lunch, and 2 to 3 simple dishes for dinner.
3 years ago, I introduced him to cycling and that’s how he fell in love with the sport, and is able to ride 100km in a day!
On this trip to UK, he cycles and climbs the mountain every day, and very much enjoys doing so. Today, while cycling, without a drop of water left, he went up to a roadside house and requested for water: “Can you give me some water?” The English man willingly gave him some, and even invited him into the house to drink afternoon tea! Life can be as simple as you want it to be. 🙂“
Day 8: 15 July 2018
“What really fascinates me the most in this UK trip is cycling pass the small towns in the countryside. We cycled from Penzance, Bodmin, Bampton, Tintern, all the way to Ironbridge. Today, we arrived at Kirkby Lonsdale and passed by many beautiful small towns on route.
The small towns of UK are well known for being the representatives of villages around the world. They are not only clean and quiet, simple and elegant, but also home to fascinating sceneries. The people there truly seemed laid-back and carefree. Sitting at the quaint café, drinking a cup of coffee, brings me peace and joy!”
Day 9: 16 July 2018
“Our cycling team for this UK trip consists of 17 people. The 2 leaders are British, and among the 11 other cyclists are: 1 German, 1 Dutch, 1 Middle Eastern, and the other 8 are British.
British society at large is civilized and orderly, and people display gentlemanly gestures. For example, someone who walks in front will always hold the door, waiting for the people behind to pass through. Drivers on the road will always smile and wave to pedestrians at road junctions without traffic lights.
Cycling on the roads for the past week, we have been treated with courtesy and drivers are never aggressive towards us. My experience here in UK has shown me great things and there are many things we can learn from them. Our journey has been really enjoyable!”