‘A ride for a ride’

My name is Shahrani.

And I am a sports enthusiast, a cyclist, a hockey player, a graduate (hopefully)… and more importantly, I am someone who strongly believes in the transformative power of education. After 16 long years of formal education, I reflected on the abundant opportunities that education has given me, inevitably shaping who I am today and… I want to give back to society.

Two of my like-minded friends, Stephanie Tabalujan and Chern Mo Yi, and I came together and started ‘A Ride for a ride’ campaign recently to raise funds for Vietnamese children.

Most of us Singaporean kids would agree that we spend 3/4 of our time during our schooling days cursing and swearing at the truckloads of work heaped upon us and the other 1/4, thinking of ways to get the work off our backs. Contrastingly, these Vietnamese kids have minimal access to school but would do almost anything just to get to school.

For this campaign, we are raising funds for disadvantaged Vietnamese kids to own bicycles just so they can attend school. These village children live far away from the nearest public school and are denied the education… simply because they are not able to get to school.

And these kids do want to get educated.

Education makes a difference. Imagine not being given the opportunity to accumulate knowledge or skills that would transform one’s lives.

The effect of education may not be immediate but its ripples will be felt in years to come. Lives will be better and we will alleviate poverty one child at a time.

This is exactly what we would like to achieve - Empowering kids to help themselves. 100% of the funds raised for this campaign will go directly to the Bicycle Support Program run by Christina Noble Children’s Foundation.

We are $5000 away from meeting our target.

If you would like to help us out in meeting this target, no matter how small your contribution is, get in touch with us at rideforaride2014@gmail.com or drop a note at www.facebook.com/arideforaride.

Let’s make a difference to the kids’ lives! Support ‘A Ride for A Ride’.


A little note: This June, the three of us would be going on a 450km cycling expedition from Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh city to raise funds and awareness for this cause.

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