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The Dandelion Ride
31 October 2019

The inaugural run of The Dandelion Ride encapsulates the spirit of the community – it truly takes a village to support and care for patients with life-limiting illnesses.

By Toh Wei Shi, HCA Community Relations

A bike ride is akin to life’s journey – we never quite expect what lies ahead. Sometimes, we are greeted by beautiful scenery; at times, perilous potholes that seemingly present insurmountable challenges.

But the support we receive along the way imbues us with the courage and hope to persevere – and it is the same spirit of the community that characterises The Dandelion Ride 2019.

Getting ready for the flag-off at Great Eastern Centre. Route Marshalls and crew were on hand to ensure the safety of the riders.

The Dandelion Ride was organised as part of HCA’s 30th anniversary celebrations, to raise $300,000, which will fund 1,000 home visits to provide care for patients with life-limiting illnesses.

There was a strong sense of camaraderie among the riders, as they looked out for one another on the roads.

The inaugural event encompassed a 30km route that traverses the central region of Singapore, including sites of interest such as the Marina Barrage and the Singapore Botanic Gardens.

A Community Effort

The Dandelion Ride was supported by 107 riders, which included seven informal and corporate groups, consisting of like-minded individuals who banded together to raise funds for HCA.

Cheering the riders on as they approached the finishing point.

Despite the early flag-off time of 6am, the riders, volunteers and staff alike turned up in full force to support the event, which has raised more than $250,000 to date.

CEO of HCA Ms Angeline Wee presented trophies to the top three group fundraisers.

Riders enjoying a hearty breakfast – sponsored by KFC, Starbucks, F&N and Swensen’s – after the ride.

Rider and HCA Star PALS Palliative Care Nurse Poh Ya Nee sums up the spirit of the event best: “I often tell myself to be courageous, to be prepared for uncertainty – all challenges can be overcome in the same way.”