Timeline: November 2008
Max Chong from Ipoh, was in Thailand recently as part of his mission to cycle through five countries to raise funds for poor cancer patients assisted by MAKNA. Max was inspired to do something in the name of cancer after a family member was diagnosed with the disease
Max then had approached MAKNA and suggested “MAKNA Cancer Cycle” to cycle non-stop from Ipoh to Bangkok, then to Cambodia and Laos, and finally, Hanoi by January 2009. Then back to his hometown again, Ipoh, all within 83 days.
On 18 October 2008, Max was flagged off by a group of friends, well-wishers and MAKNA staff at Tesco Station 18, Pengkalan, Perak, Malaysia on 18 October 2008.
Arriving in Bangkok, Max said: “I am still as passionate as I was before I began. The only difference now is that with the things I have seen and experienced, I feel so different, it’s a nice feeling doing something good and meeting people, young and old. These people are so supportive, some even pitching in to contribute whatever amounts they can spare towards the cause.”
“At times, I may be real tired but the crinkly, warm and friendly smiles make up for all the ‘mundane’ and long hours of cycling in the not-so-conducive weather and sporadic rain,” said Max, who had completed 1,650 km and still had another 2,676 km to go.
By the end of Max’s journey where he returned safely to Ipoh, he had travelled a total of 6,472 km.
This was not any mere feat - Max showed the world exactly what anyone can do if they are determined to succeed at all costs. His journey was filled with challenges, amazing experiences and lessons he learnt along the way.