Bangkok Bank CycleFest 2017 started its final day of fun-filled cycling activities at Siam Country Club Pattaya with a special RIDE FOR ALL charity ride led by Bangkok Bank, Mitsubishi Motors Thailand, IMG, Siam Country Club and 150 children from Banglamung Home, Father Ray Foundation, and The Human Help Network.
A total of 150 young participants aged 8 to 13, kick-started the agenda on the second day of the cycling and lifestyle event that celebrates the joy of mobility on two wheels, when the trails were set ablaze at 8:00am with a flag-off from the sponsors. The early morning RIDE FOR ALL allowed everyone an opportunity to experience riding in a safe and secure circuit and cyclists got to enjoy a shortened route of the full 15.5KM long circuit. Aimed to impart cycling as a highly beneficial life skill that can be acquired easily, this special charity ride session also encourages our youths to start on a healthy living habit from young, and to improve their mobility.
Dr. Thaweelap Rittapirom, Director and Executive Vice President of Bangkok Bank Public Company Limited, said, “We are delighted to be supporting the inaugural CycleFest, which has turned out to be a wonderful weekend of activity for all. We are genuinely committed to help drive the growth of Thailand’s lively cycling scene in a safe way while also giving as many people as possible the chance to enjoy an activity that so many of us appreciate. We are heartened by the turnout of the young riders for the charity ride, and how they have found it to be an enriching experience, both mentally and physically. More importantly, these children will be able to use the donated bikes and continue cycling after this event, and be able to grasp the important concept of sharing the bikes and equipment with each other that truly epitomizes our spirit of RIDE FOR ALL.”
Commenting after the flag-off ceremony, Tomonori Tanaka, Executive Vice President, Corporate & Global Unit, Finance & Accounting Unit, Human Resources & General Administration Unit, Mitsubishi Motors (Thailand) Co. Ltd., said, “Cycling is a healthy and easy to learn physical activity that not only helps one to concentrate and focus, but it is also a great sport to build and foster team spirit and camaraderie among participants. This year we mark the 100th anniversary of Mitsubishi Automobiles, which is why Mitsubishi Motors Thailand has provided 100 bicycles to support local communities. Today, we are sharing the ride together with Chonburi, and this mutual effort with Bangkok Bank and CycleFest cyclists will not only bring along a fun ride, but it will also provide access to cycling for children in need. We are honoured to be able to be a part in today’s flag-off, and are impressed by the young riders’ high energy levels, can-do attitudes, and their determined spirits that knitted everyone together out on the road to complete the route.”
With a generous donation of 100 bicycles from Mitsubishi Motors (Thailand) Co. Ltd., 50 bicycles from Bangkok Bank CycleFest, and helmets from Probike and Eastern Bike Pattaya, riders were ensured that safety was not compromised at the fun and cheerful riding event held on the picturesque grounds of Siam Country Club. The three beneficiaries from Banglamung Home, Father Ray Foundation, and The Human Help Network also got to keep the donated cycling equipment to ensure the cycling spirit lives on after the ride, in continuing to strengthen the character development for youths.
Pranai Phornprapha, Advisor to the Board of Committee, Siam Country Club, said, “As the premier international sports-events destination, we are always committed to foster, develop and propel the appeal of different athletic activities. The opportunity to host the inaugural CycleFest event in Thailand is highly significant and continues to highlight the appeal and strength of Siam Country Club as the preferred home of globally recognized sporting events.”
Highlighting the special significance of the special CSR ride, Winnie Heng, VP IMG Thailand, said “The CSR ride that happened this morning was more than just cycling - it was a collective team effort by all our partners to achieve a RIDE FOR ALL event to create a special impact for the children from the three beneficiaries, to teach a sport and equipped all with a life skill, and something that we cannot do alone.”
Organized by IMG, a global leader in sports, fashion, events and media, Bangkok Bank CycleFest delivered the full experience of an international cycling event with an emphasis on enjoyment over competitive racing. The two-day event from November 11-12, was the first event of its kind in Thailand and saw a turnout of more than 2,500 cyclists, who were also joined by former professional rider and Tour de France stage winner from Germany, Jens Voigt, actor Nutt Devahastin Na Ayudhya and actress VarnVarn Aroonnapa Panichjaroon.