On Saturday, February 18 2012, in conjunction with Valentines Day, a group of Malaysian bikers showed their love for the country by doing their bit to protect the environment. This event, Ride for Nature, was done in collaboration with R.E.A.C.H. (Regional Environmental Awareness of Cameron Highlands), a Community Based Organization formed in 2001 by a group of Cameron Highlands residents alarmed by the rapidly deteriorating environment especially the declining forests and water quality. R.E.A.C.H. (www.reach.org.my) aims to preserve, restore and maintain Cameron Highlands as an environmentally sustainable agriculture and hill resort within a permanent nature reserve. This is the first time bikers have joined hands with an environmental based Community Based Organization (REACH) to ride to ride to Banjaran Titiwangsa to Gunung Brinchang (6666 feet above sea level) which is the highest point in Peninsular Malaysia accessible by road to do their part for Mother Earth.
“Many people say that they love Malaysia but what concrete steps do they take to show their love?” said Dr. Sanath Kumaran, a Conservation Biologist and one of the founders of the Big Bikers group, who call themselves Ranggi Bikers. He further adds, “Daily large areas of forests are being cleared globally and nationally to provide for our daily needs. On 18 February 2012, Ranggi Bikers decided to give back to Mother Nature in planting a seedling to green the earth.”
A total of 40 seedlings were planted by 18 bikers who came from Penang, Perak, Wilayah Persekutuan and Selangor. The area which is chosen for reforestation in the highlands was once a lush stand of upper montane forests.
Ranggi Bikers (RB), initiated by several Bikers in 2011 to ride and share their passions, promoting safe riding, convoying city to city and camaraderie amongst bikers from other bikers clubs, in all states, country and in the region. At present, RB comprises of 155 bikers and volunteers who focus on raising awareness of doing charity rides, wedding convoys while raising money to help the unfortunate.
Ranggi Bikers (www.ranggibikers.com) is proud to collaborate with REACH in contributing to Mother Nature in carrying out tree planting (reforestation) in a patch of permanent forest reserve which was illegally cleared many years ago. The bikers had a chance to plant a seedling in support of the efforts by REACH to carry out reforestation in Gunung Brinchang, Cameron Highlands. This is the first time in Malaysian history that a group of Big Bikers are doing tree planting in Cameron Highlands.
After a successful Charity Ride to Raub on Christmas Eve 2011, which raised RM10,000 for the Education Welfare Research Foundation, for underprivileged school children in Raub, Pahang, the group is back with a Ride for Nature this year, on Saturday, February 18, 2012. For each sapling that was planted, a minimum donation of RM20.00 was contributed to R.E.A.C.H.
The Ride for Nature event was also publicized with live interview session on TraxxFM radio channel and also on RTM channel on Astro Channel 180 called “i-TRAXX”. Dr Sanath Kumaran was interviewed on behalf of Ranggi Bikers about its membership, past events and future plans by Scamboy (Gary Ratnam, TV Producer and DeeJay) on Friday February 17, 2012 between 9:15am-9:45am.
~ ANCIENT CHINESE PROVERB ~
“The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago. The second best time is now.”
For more information on the event, visit www.ranggibikers.com, or email
PROGRAMME (Saturday 18 February 2012)
06:00am : Gather up at Sungai Buloh R&R- Esso Station (North South Highway)
06:15am : Briefing by Convoy Marshals & Depart to Cameron Highlands
08:00am : Pit Stop at Tapah R&R (Rest & Fuel Up at Shell Petrol Station)
08:30am : Arrive Simpang Pulai - Caltex Petrol Station (Jln Raja Dr. Nazrin Shah) - (Rest & Fuel Up) & Depart to Cameron Highlands.
10:00am : Ride to and arrive at Gunung Brinchang, Cameron Highlands, Pahang Darul Makmur.
10:45am : Briefing by President of R.E.A.C.H. & Tree planting by bikers.
1:00pm : Lunch at Brinchang
3:00pm : Depart to KL via Simpang Pulai road
A little bit about Ranggi Bikers
Ranggi Bikers (RB), initiated by several Bikers in 2011 to ride and share their passions, promoting safe riding, convoying city to city and camaraderie amongst bikers from other bikers clubs, in all states, country and in the region. At present, RB comprises of volunteers who focus on raising awareness of doing charity rides, wedding convoys while raising money to help the unfortunate.
Riding with passion to greater heights
To have fun riding & create a caring & responsible community for a better future
· Organise charity events, gathering, activities that promote the group
· Organise & participate in riding convoys
· Create positive image of biking as a hobby & mode of travel through responsible & safe riding.
· Guide new bikers towards excellence
· Share & learn riding experience from one another
· Unite bikers with a passion for riding
Ranggi Bikers offer the opportunity to unite bikers with a passion for riding to participate in activities focused on riding their Superbikes, as well as promoting fellowship among enthusiasts. Together we shall share relevant experiences and through collaboration help our fellow bikers maintain, enhance and accessorize their superbikes.
Host/participate in convoys, rides, events, gatherings, social activities and charity events that promote Ranggi Bikers and guests with the intention of sharing experiences & knowledge associated with Superbikes.
Guiding new bikers towards excellence through sharing of riding experiences and knowledge associated with Superbikes are highly encouraged.
To encourage Ranggi Bikers to ride safely by observing existing road safety rules.
Enhance the public awareness and image of Ranggi Bikers through the activities, pro-active participation of nationwide events and the best conduct of its members, by creating a positive image of riding Superbikes.
Create awareness of road safety and educate Ranggi Bikers on positive road attitudes and beliefs
Promote road safety by developing a culture of safe riding through sharing of experiences, training and education.
Cooperate with and support other clubs host activities and purposes similar to Ranggi Bikers.