For some, par­ents’ love shines through

New Straits Times - - News -

Nine-year-old Nur Wadi­han Wira Sude­pja, who suf­fers from cere­bral palsy, was among those who par­tic­i­pated in the C-Cy­cle Chal­lenge at Eco Grandeur in Puncak Alam here yes­ter­day.

The girl, fondly known as Di­han, joined the race on a RM10,000 cus­tom-made car­riage at­tached to her fa­ther’s bi­cy­cle.

Wira Sude­pja Rabu said her daugh­ter en­joyed out­door ac­tiv­i­ties and hence, he would take her along on cy­cling trips.

“Not long ago, we no­ticed that Di­han seemed very ex­cited ev­ery time she saw some­one rid­ing a bi­cy­cle. So, we de­cided to make her a car­riage so that we could take her along when we cy­cle.”

Wira said the car­riage was de­signed to al­low Di­han to sit com­fort­ably and en­joy the view. It was also durable enough for long-dis­tance rides.

He said to­gether with his wife, Nur Murni Dona Nordin, Di­han and their el­dest daugh­ter, he had been par­tic­i­pat­ing in cy­cling events since 2015.

“Our el­dest daugh­ter could not join us to­day as she will be sit­ting the Pen­tak­siran Tingkatan 3 exam soon and needs to fo­cus on her stud­ies.”

Mean­while, 11-year-old Amir Khushairi, who was one of the youngest par­tic­i­pants, fin­ished his first-ever 35km ride in about 2½ hours.

Join­ing him in the fun ride was his 49-year-old fa­ther-cum-trainer.

Khushairi said his son be­gan to show in­ter­est in cy­cling af­ter the boy saw him par­tic­i­pat­ing in the Grand Fondo New York (GFNY) in Ipoh last month.

“My son has never joined me at any cy­cling event be­fore as he was more in­ter­ested in foot­ball.

“How­ever, af­ter the GFNY, he keeps telling me that he, too, wants to par­tic­i­pate in such ac­tiv­i­ties.”

Khushairi said he only man­aged to have three ses­sions of train­ing with his son be­fore the event. The first was a 7km ride, fol­lowed by a 28km ride and another 7km ride.

He then al­lowed Amir to train on his own in Subang Bes­tari where they live.

Khushairi, who has been cy­cling for about eight years, said he and his son en­joyed the event, and planned to par­tic­i­pate in more cy­cling ac­tiv­i­ties to­gether.

Nur Wadi­han Wira Sude­pja with her par­ents, Wira Sude­pja Rabu and Nur Murni Dona Nordin, at the ‘New Straits Times’ C-Cy­cle Chal­lenge in Puncak Alam yes­ter­day.

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