Employees of the award-winning online insurer raised more than $7,000 when they sponsored an 800kms cycle from Kota Bahruin Thailand to Singapore.
The money raised will go to New Vision, a Singaporean charity that carries out sight-saving surgery for the villagers in Indonesia.
The 15-strong cycling team took just 43 hours, including only three hours sleep, to complete the gruelling journey, taking them over rough terrain in soaring temperatures during the day and total darkness at night.
Nicolas Facquet, CEO of DirectAsia.com, Hong Kong, was part of the team of cyclists. He said: “Darkness, no moonlight, potholes, and a first missed turn that lengthened the trip by an extra 20 km, started to put pressure and stress on most riders.
“We rode 8.5hrs with two short stops where we tried to get two minutes power nap to steal back some sleep! The morale was high, though, despite steadily rising pain levels for everyone’s butts, necks, shoulders and wrists. “We encouraged each other keeping a cruising speed of about 29 km/h to keep the group together.”
His hard work paid off. The money raised from the employees of DirectAsia.com will enable up to 70 people suffering from cataracts to recover their sight. This low cost eight-minute surgery is changing people’s lives. Overall, the cyclists raised more than 80,000 SGD in total, which will help to cure hundreds of patients.
More On A New Vision:
A New Vision is an organization led by renowned humanitarian Dr. Sanduk Ruit that provides free cataract surgery to thousands of impoverished blind people in Asia with a focus in Indonesia. The organization also trains local eye practitioners so they can continue to help cure blindness in their community. Since inception in December 2010, A New Vision has restored sight to over 1,500 people who would otherwise remain blind forever. http://anewvision.org/index.html