Bikers with hearts for charity

By Jude Toyat
judetoyat@theborneopost.com
@judetbpseeds

Abang Nawawi welcoming members of the Kuching Riders at Rumah Amal Sri Murni.

Abang Nawawi (left) welcoming members of the Kuching Riders at Rumah Amal Sri Murni.

Besides sharing a passion for big bikes, motorcycle clubs are becoming better known for running community-based programmes and activities.

Kuching Riders in collaboration with DD Western organised the ‘Charity Ride’ that aimed to help out the children at Rumah Amal Sri Murni here recently.

Starting from Waterfront Kuching, their convoy was participated by more than 50 motorcycles of medium and high powered engines cruising around the city to Rumah Amal Sri Murni located at Taman Green Field near Batu Kawa here.

According to organising chairman Abang Nawawi Abang Bawi, the convoy enabled them to gather riders – mostly youths – to unite and lend their helping hands to the less fortunate.

Riders help to clean the drain at Rumah Amal Sri Murni.

Riders cleaning out the drain at Rumah Amal Sri Murni.

“The main objective of this programme is to contribute and, at the same time, strengthen the relationship between members of the motorcycle clubs in Kuching with the public, including the orphans,” he said, adding that the charity programme will be widened to several districts in Sarawak to contribute including in terms of monetary aid and basic food necessities.

After the donation, the riders organised a ‘gotong-royong’ to clean the home and brought the children on rides to the nearby areas.

According to a representative from Rumah Amal Sri Murni Umaimah Abdul Majid, the programme was received well by the orphans.

“We at Rumah Amal Sri Murni are very pleased and grateful for the riders’ efforts in organising this programme and obviously the children were all very happy with the fun activities that were included,” said Umaimah, adding her hopes that the programme would be continued in future because of its deep impact on the children.

Kuching Riders hand over donation to Rumah Amal Sri Murni.

Kuching Riders handing over a donation to Rumah Amal Sri Murni.

“With the activities and help from the community, the children in this home can feel the community’s concern and realise that they themselves are part of the community,” she added.

Abang Nawawi hoped that the children at the charity home would be able to receive the attention they needed and not feel left out by the community. He also hoped that the programme would aid in promoting a positive image on the rider community.

Orphan excited for a ride.

A rider preparing to take an orphan out on a ride.

Another highlight of the evening was the official opening of Didi Western, a new kiosk located at Kuching Waterfront owned by one of the riders.

“This new kiosk will serve as a suitable place for riders and the youngsters to gather together and make the waterfront livelier.

“Every 2 months, we will organise an event here and we will start them with a charity ride that is included as part of our community service programmes,” said Abang Nawawi.

Winners for the ‘Bikers Stylish Outlaw Look’ with their prizes: (from left) second runner-up Hazwan (cash prize of RM200), first runner-up Alan (RM400), and champion Dino (RM700).

Winners for the ‘Bikers Stylish Outlaw Look’ with their prizes: (from left) second runner-up Hazwan (cash prize of RM200), first runner-up Alan (RM400), and champion Dino (RM700).

Several other fun activities that were included in the programme were the ‘Find the Bike Owner’ game, burger eating challenge, and the ‘Bikers Stylish Outlaw Look’ competition.

The new kiosk, located behind Khatulistiwa Café, opens daily from 5pm to 2am, serves Western food such as burgers and fries.

Those wanting to know more about the place can visit www.facebook.com/Didi-Western-Waterfront-Kuching.

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