DPM Wong rides bike again after 20 years to raise funds for Children’s Cancer Foundation

We all know Deputy Prime Minister Lawrence Wong is a man of many talents.

For example, he’s good with the guitar…

… he’s a leader who comes up with fair and inclusive policies…

And now, we find out that he rides too – with Class 2, 2A and 2B licences to boot.

Riding the Royal Enfield Classic 500 bike with some 700 motorcyclists, DPM Wong took part in a charity ride organised by Riders Aid Singapore to raise funds for the Children’s Cancer Foundation on Aug 14.

According to Mr Suriya Kumar, president of Riders Aid Singapore, some S$30,000 has been raised.

The Straits Times reported that DPM Wong joined the convoy at around 1:45pm at Al-Istighfar Mosque in Pasir Ris and rode to Loyang Tua Pek Kong Temple.

Have not done it in 20 years

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After the ride, DPM Wong addressed the crowd and admitted that he has not ridden a motorcycle for 20 years.

“The last time I did it was when I was a student in America. So since then, I rode for a little bit but I have not ridden a motorcycle for 20 years. But I think some skills, you do not forget, even after 20 years,” he said.

Indeed. Judging from the video, yup he’s still got it.

According to ST, Mr Kumar reached out to DPM Wong to be the guest of honour after knowing that he used to ride in his younger days and was surprised that DPM Wong wanted to ride a bike by himself.

“We reached out to him, and we were very surprised when he said he wanted to ride a bike by himself,” he told ST. “Usually, our guests of honour would just ride pillion so we were all very excited.”

Contributing to something larger than ourselves

In his speech, he thanked the community in helping Singapore get through the worst of Covid-19 together, crediting the spirit of unity and solidarity in every Singaporean.

“One reason why we have been able to get through this is because of the spirit of all Singaporeans. People like yourselves coming together.

“Even though we have different backgrounds, we come together and we contribute to something larger than ourselves.”

“We give back to the community. We contribute to building a better Singapore and that is what Riders Aid Singapore is all about,” he said.

“With a strong sense of unity as one people, we can surely overcome any challenges ahead of us, and we can look forward to a better future in Singapore.” 

Ride on, Singapore.

Cover Photo credit: DPM Wong Instagram page