Bruneians to join charity cycling expedition

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BRUNEI-MUARA

FIVE cyclists from Brunei will be joining the Tour of Borneo cycling expedition today from Tutong District to Miri, all in the name of polio eradication.

Yesterday, 11 cyclists from Sabah arrived at the Serasa Ferry Passenger Terminal from Labuan. They were then joined by eight cyclists from Brunei who carried on the expedition from Serasa to Tutong.

Today, only five of the eight will join the Sabah crew and make their way from Tutong to Miri at 7.30am.

Ricky Ng, Assistant District Governor of the Rotary Club of Bandar Seri Begawan, told The Brunei Times yesterday that the 12-day expedition aims to raise public awareness on polio as well as funds toward its global eradication.

“This is our Rotary International initiative to spread awareness and get the public more involved in contributing toward the funds for the eradication of polio,” he said.

He said Pakistan and Afghanistan are amongst the countries still dealing with polio and that is why it is Rotary International’s initiative to eradicate polio from the face of the earth by 2018.

Ng said about US$5,000 has been raised in Brunei toward the project by Rotary International for the cause.

He said he was pleased with the amount of funds they managed to raise here and thanked the supporters for their generosity.

“These funds will be handed over to Rotary International for the project. They will use the funds to supply medicine for all children under five years old in polio-affected or prone areas.”

Ng appealed to those who are still keen to contribute to the worthy cause to approach the Rotary Club here.

“As parents, we don’t want this disease affecting our children or grandchildren. It’s an incurable disease,” he said.

The expedition began on February 23 and is scheduled to end in Kuching on March 5, covering a distance of more than 1,300 kilometres.

The journey of the Brunei leg will be escorted by two support vehicles provided by the Rotary Club of Bandar Seri Begawan.

Ng said the Tour of Borneo cycling expedition is organised by Rotary District 3310 which includes Sabah, Sarawak, Labuan, Brunei, Johor, Malacca and Singapore.

He said there are two teams engaged in this expedition. However, for the Pan Borneo Ride, the expedition starts in Sabah, continues on to Labuan through Brunei and on to Miri and ends in Kuching.

Those who intend to contribute to the fund can contact Ng via email at ngkimhock56@gmail.com or through the Rotary International’s website at www.rotary.org.

The Brunei Times