GEORGE TOWN: Dubbed as the “Crazy Iron Man”, the 60-year-old Penangite began his nine-day journey today from Penang to Kuala Lumpur by a hand-pulled rickshaw with a net weight of 65kg, all for a good cause.
The journey, known as the Journey of Love, was flagged off by the Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow at Kompleks Masyarakat Penyayang, Jalan Utama here and pastor Cheah Chee Moon kickstarted his voyage under the escort of six cyclists and five trishaw drivers until Penang jetty before continuing the rest of the expedition solo.
The journey is expected to end at a welfare centre at Jalan Hujan Emas, Kuala Lumpur on July 7.
Cheah has managed to pull the rickshaw for over 3,000 km from Johor Baru to Chiang Rai, Thailand, over 75 days last year to raise funds for five charity homes over two countries.
He targeted to raise RM1 million from May 1 to Aug 1 for charity fund and it would be equally split between Eden Handicap Service Centre Bhd, Penang and Dual Blessing Bhd, Kuala Lumpur.
According to him, any passer-by willing to contribute a small amount of cash for the cause can donate to the donation box, while donors with larger amounts could use the bank-in transfer method.
On May 16, the Penang government started the ball rolling by contributing RM10,000 for the charity event.
Those interested to contribute to the charity event can issue a cheque made payable to Eden Handicap Service Centre Berhad, Bank A/C No: CIMB Bank Berhad, 8003857542 and write “Rickshaw” on the back of the cheque. If made via online, just type “Rickshaw” as the reason for donating.