Some 186 generous cyclists from various clubs in Chiang Rai province participated in “Bike for Breakfast for Kids,’ a charity event held to raise funds for ‘Breakfast for Kids’ project on 26 February, 2017. The event was organised jointly by World Vision Foundation of Thailand (WVFT), Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), Office of Health Promotion Fund, Bangkok Airways Public Co., Ltd, Toyota Chiang Rai Co., Ltd and other agencies. The event successfully raised 120,000 Baht for WVFT to provide children with healthy morning meals.
“Cycling is good for the health. I’m glad to play a part in ensuring children can eat breakfast meals,” divulged Mr Voratouch Hotikarn, Bangkok Airways’s Business Consultant Manager – Chiang Rai. His feeling was no different from that of Ms Kamlaitip Chaiwong, a Nang Non Bike club member. She said, “I’m glad that my cycling this time can help children.”
At the appointed time of 5.30 AM, the charitable cyclists gradually arrived at the 75th Anniversary Flag and Lamp Park Chiang Rai. Some bought their tickets at the venue and immediately changed into the event’s cycling outfit. They said its design was appealing and the fabric was comfortable to wear. Many cyclists did several rounds of warm-up while waiting for others to arrive. At 7.00 AM, they ate a light meal comprising steaming congee with minced pork, platongko (deep-fried dough stick) and bananas. At almost 8.00 AM, the 186 cyclists and their bikes readily joined the opening ceremony and were released from the starting point by Mr Boonyavet Sripuangchai, Chiang Rai’s Deputy Governor who presided over the ceremony.
As the starting signal sounded, bicycle wheels spun slowly and gracefully from the 75th Anniversary Flag and Lamp Park Chiang Rai towards King Mengrai the Great Monument. They went pass Ban Pa Yang Mon, Ban Dong Pa Sak, Wiang Chiang Rung centre and then back towards the starting point. The cycling route spanning 52 km was overseen by traffic police officers, the paramedic team and medical bike cyclists from Chiang RaI Prachanukroh Hospital who closely monitored the conditions of the cyclists. For this reason, the cyclists completed the race within only 1.5 hours.
After a good rest with their vitality restored through energy drinks, soy milk and khao tom mud (glutinous rice in banana leaves), another highlight activity took place. There were raffle draws sponsored by a number of private companies to reciprocate the cyclists’ kindness. They include airplane tickets from Bangkok Airways, accommodation packages at De Hug Hotel & Residence as well as Luck Swan Resort & Spa and La Belle Hotel-Chiang Rai. Available were also dining coupons at MK Restaurant Group Public Co., Ltd and movie tickets from Major Cineplex.