TL;DR, this is a shout-out to all the goodness in our friends and families' hearts to donate to a good cause :) Please donate now, but if you would like to read on to see what we are doing and why, read on......
Both self-confessed couch potatoes, En & Jia are taking up the seemingly insurmountable challenge of riding across the Mongolian plains on 29 June 2018 - 2 July 2018.
All for a good cause. Education is something that is close to both our hearts (well but of course, since we are both known to be bookworms amongst friends and family and also super #overcompetitive in academia (probably more Jia than En though #singaporeankiasu)).
The Tsolmon Iridui Foundation runs a kindergarten in Mongolia which focusses on giving the underprivileged children a better start at education which their families could not otherwise afford. TIF provides free classes and shelter during the day when the parents are at work - this helps keep the kids safe and out of the cold during winter (it drops to about -40 degrees Celsius - Ulaan Baatar is the coldest capital in the world). Without a place to go to during the day, parents would usually leave their kids alone in their wooden homes, without any heating, for fear of setting their homes on fire. Go here for more information: www.tifcharity.org
When the Tsolmon Iridui Foundation announced that they were organizing a charity bike ride across the treacherous Ghorkhi Terelj plains to raise funds for the upkeep of the place (mainly for the expensive heating), we both thought, "what a great idea it would be to fly off to Mongolia to bike ride around inner Mongolia for the weekend to raise funds!" (yeah ok maybe it sounded better in our heads, especially given our (lack of) fitness levels).
This is something neither of us thought we would ever do (and we are sure our friends would be EVEN more surprised that we would sign up for such a outdoorsy - fitness type activity (read: couch potato =/= mountain biking in Mongolia).
Please show us some support by donating! We have been working our butts off on the spin bikes (actually not as much in the last month because well... #lawyerlife - maybe more donations will make us work out harder so we don't die on the ride)! Our law firm has generously pledged to match dollar for dollar the funds we raise, so think of it as doing TWO good deeds in one WHAT A DEAL!
If you have ANY love for us at all, please translate that love into donations :) #emotionalblackmail #nopressure
Any amount counts, big or small. All proceeds raised will go to the charity (promise we won't siphon any money off)! Singaporean Jia will never let Malaysian En get away with that.. read up on the recent Malaysian political saga if you don't get that inside joke.. #hiddenmeanings
Much love and thank you so much in advance for reading this till the very end (and for donating too)!
En & Jia