Cycling event Ride for the Wild 2017 to in­clude vir­tual rid­ers

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KUCH­ING: The Ride for the Wild ( R4TW) 2017, a cycling event to raise greater aware­ness and pledge sup­port for wildlife con­ser­va­tion, will be tak­ing place on May 20 at Swin­burne Univer­sity of Tech­nol­ogy, Sarawak Cam­pus (Swin­burne Sarawak).

It is jointly or­gan­ised by the Wildlife Con­ser­va­tion So­ci­ety ( WCS) Malaysia Pro­gramme, Swin­burne Sarawak and Sarawak Bio­di­ver­sity Cen­tre (SBC).

The ride as well as con­ser­va­tion of orang utans and sharks is also sup­ported by the Sarawak So­ci­ety for the Deaf, whose mem­bers will be par­tic­i­pat­ing in the ride.

This year, ac­cord­ing to a press re­lease yes­ter­day, the or­gan­is­ers have in­tro­duced two new cat­e­gories — the mini route and the vir­tual ride.

These ad­di­tional cat­e­gories will com­ple­ment the other two routes: a short 23km route and a longer 56km route.

The in­tro­duc­tion of the vir­tual ride is to ac­com­mo­date rid­ers who may be busy on the date of the event as well as sup­port­ers from around the world.

Sim­i­lar to last year’s edi­tion, R4TW 2017 fo­cuses the spot­light on orang utans and sharks and there will be an ex­hi­bi­tion at each pit­stop along with re­fresh­ments for the Kuch­ing rid­ers to en­joy dur­ing the event.

In ad­di­tion, the sig­na­ture green event will con­tinue its tra­di­tion of de­creased de­pen­dency on plas­tic and re­duced waste out­put.

A host of ac­tiv­i­ties will be held in tan­dem to the ride for fam­ily and friends of par­tic­i­pants and vis­i­tors who will not be cycling.

Sev­eral side ac­tiv­i­ties will be held on the day in­clud­ing henna paint­ing and a pho­to­booth.

The or­gan­is­ers promised that even the youngest of guests will be kept busy with a num­ber of chil­dren’s ac­tiv­i­ties on that day.

The event this year will also have stronger rep­re­sen­ta­tion from the youth, with the ma­jor­ity of vol­un­teers com­ing from the Swin­burne stu­dent com­mu­nity in­clud­ing Swin­burne Sarawak’s Cycling, Dance, De­baters’, Run­ning and Green Clubs.

Mean­while, Swin­burne Green Club mem­bers will be do­ing their part by or­gan­is­ing a re­cy­cling drive to com­ple­ment the theme of a green event.

Mem­bers of the public are en­cour­aged to bring re­cy­clable items over to Swin­burne Sarawak’s Mul­tipur­pose Hall on the day.

Regis­tra­tion is open to the fi rst 100 rid­ers and forms are avail­able at the WCS Malaysia Kuch­ing of­fice.

In­ter­ested cy­clists may also reg­is­ter on­line at https://goo.gl/ Bw6kFB.

Regis­tra­tion fees are RM70 for the 56km route, RM60 for the 23km route and RM50 for the Mini Route.

Fur­ther in­for­ma­tion can be ob­tained by con­tact­ing Dou­glas Tan at wc­s­malaysia@ wcs.org or call­ing 082-239795. Fol­low WCS Malaysia’s Face­book page at https://www.face­book.com/WCS. Malaysia/ for up­dates on events.

A file photo of par­tic­i­pants pledg­ing their sup­port for orang utan and shark con­ser­va­tion at last year’s R4TW.

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