Saturday, October 05, 2002

Cyclist with 2,000km mission

PEOPLE do unusual things when something terrible happens. Some fall into a deep depression, others simply deny the event ever took place. 

 For Singaporean Wendy Chan, the loss of a loved one spurred her to embark on a 2,000km mission to cycle from Bangkok to Singapore to raise funds for the Breast Cancer Foundation of Singapore.

 The 37-year-old freelance photographer also hopes to spread awareness of the disease during her 14-day solo journey. 

 But what brought on this mission? 

 “Two months ago, a very close friend of mine passed away and I just lost touch with everything,” said Chan. 

 “I couldn’t do anything. I lost interest in work, couldn’t eat, sleep, I had lost over 10kg, and life was meaningless. It was such a drag to get up in the morning,” Chan said. 

 But she realised that despite her depression, there was one thing she was able to do with fortitude. It was cycling. 

 “Cycling kept me alive and busy, it was the one thing that I could do with resilience,” she said. 

 Chan belongs to a group of long-distance charity cyclists, called Bike Aid Singapore which was formed 10 years ago. The group goes on cycling expeditions to raise funds for charity projects. 

 It was after her first solo cycling expedition in Malacca in June that she started contemplating the solo ride from Bangkok to Singapore, just to do something meaningful. 

 Chan started her trip on Sept 21 in Bangkok after flying in with her bicycle. She passed through Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday. 

 The Lions Clubs International District 308-B1 sponsored Chan’s food and lodging as well as provided escort on her trip through Malaysia. 

 From Kuala Lumpur, she heads to Malacca and Batu Pahat before going back to Singapore, expecting to reach home tomorrow. 

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