For the sake of raising awareness and funds, a devoted cyclist, David Wu worked together with the National Autism Society of Malaysia (NASOM) and cycled from Kuala Lumpur on October 29 reaching the finishing line at at Alor Setar, Kedah on November 5.
Wu who arrived in Ipoh on 30 October was in the Food and Beverage industry where he opened a restaurant in Singapore for the past 21 years. He decided to come back home to Alor Setar to help out the needy. Among his first project was the WuMah Project on May 2016 where he cycled alone from Alor Setar to China; a 4000-km expedition that took him 69 days and walked from Kuala Lumpur to Kota Bharu, Kelantan (625km) where he managed to raise a total of RM150,000. The money from the WuMah Project was then donated to fix the homes of Malaysians who were in need.
Joining Wu in the expedition was the CEO of NASOM, Razin Murat. According to Razin, due to the downturn in the economy, many companies have either reduced or stopped donating to charities, making it harder for them to help those with Autism, “We hope to receive more donations as it takes about RM5 million to maintain 20 NASOM centres that are located all over the country,” added Razin.
Although NASOM and Wu aimed to collect at least RM100,000, the team only managed to raised RM2302 (when he arrived in Ipoh).
Readers who keen on donating can do so by visiting their website at www.nasom.org.my or visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/nasomfundraising.