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The BT Charity Challenge returns on March 30

[SINGAPORE] Cyclists, gear up for Singapore's largest cycling event next month.

Part of OCBC Cycle Singapore 2014, The Business Times Charity Challenge is back for the third time running, and hopes to raise funds and awareness for two local charities - Dover Park Hospice and SingHealth Transplant TRUEfund.

Companies may register teams of four for a minimum donation pledge of $3,810 a team to represent them in this race, while individual cyclists are welcome to dedicate their rides to these causes for a minimum donation of $955 a person.

This year, The Business Times will be sending in four teams for the 39-kilometre ride.

Cyclists will start the race in a special pen and enjoy benefits such as on-site hospitality before and after the ride, as well as fast-tracked cycle pack collection.

The ride flags off from the F1 Pit Building at 6.15am on March 30.

Donations made to The Business Times Charity Challenge will benefit Dover Park Hospice and SingHealth Transplant TRUEfund equally.

Dover Park Hospice provides palliative care to terminally ill patients and support to their families. SingHealth Transplant TRUEfund, set up in 2010 for needy transplant patients, runs public education campaigns for organ and tissue donation and transplants as well as support transplantation initiatives.

Said Alvin Tay, editor of The Business Times: "The Business Times is pleased to be able to do its part to give back to the community and we would like to thank OCBC for providing a platform for us to do so. We hope companies and individuals will respond enthusiastically, as they have in the past, to support two very worthy charities."

To register, both teams and individuals may contact Ben Burrowes of race organiser Spectrum Worldwide Events, at

The Business Times Charity Challenge is part of the sixth edition of OCBC Cycle Singapore, which will be held from March 28-30. Around 12,000 cyclists are expected to take part this year.

Apart from Dover Park Hospice and TRUEfund, the other official charities of OCBC Cycle Singapore 2014 are Singapore Children's Society and SportCares (Singapore Sports Council).

Meanwhile, OCBC Bank and Spectrum Worldwide launched the fourth edition of the OCBC Cycle Singapore Safe Cycling Campaign at Yu Neng Primary School yesterday. Some 830 primary school children attended the Safe Cycling Clinic, where OCBC Bank announced the donation of 200 helmets for needy students from the school who cycle.

In addition, this year's campaign will move away from the previous years' format of a month-long campaign and instead seek to raise the awareness of safe cycling on the roads all year round. Safe Cycling Day, which has traditionally been held on one Saturday every year, will be extended to the last Sunday of every month through a social media drive.

The distribution of 2,000 popular cycling jerseys will continue on the first Safe Cycling Day of 2014 on Saturday, Feb 15, with an appeal to donate and support National Safe Cycling initiatives organised by the Singapore Road Safety Council.