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[FEATURED NEWS] Riding for Good: HTX Annual Cycle 2022 with Minister K Shanmugam

Minister for Home Affairs K Shanmugam spent the late afternoon of Thursday, 14 July, cycling 11km along the East Coast Park alongside senior leaders and HTX officers (or Xponents, as HTX officers call themselves), in support of HTX’s Annual Cycle 2022 to ride for good health and for a good cause.

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Minister and HTX CE Chan Tsan getting ready to pedal off at the cycling session on 14 Jul (Photo credit: HTX/Tan Chuan-Yean)

Minister heard about the Annual Cycle when he attended HTX’s eXpresso! Townhall on 1 Jul. He was keen to participate in this “good cause, to raise money for charity, and at the same time, bring awareness of those coming together and the camaraderie within HTX”.

The event is in support of Engineering Good, a social enterprise that provides engineering and technology solutions for persons with disabilities (PWDs) and low-income families. Some Xponents are also taking up this additional CSR challenge to ride 2022km collectively in teams of five over 10 days to raise funds. It is indeed no mean feat as each rider would have to cycle 404.4km on average!

HTX CE Chan Tsan said, “This event is also a special one, as it is the first time HTX is partnering with a charity… their (Engineering Good) missions are very aligned with HTX, because we are all about science and technology, and using it to do good.”

Johann Annuar, Executive Director of Engineering Good (EG), said, “I feel very honoured for EG to be chosen as the partner…We are super keen and looking forward to learning from HTX, and working together to forge better, sustainable outcomes for our beneficiaries, and for Singapore.”

Joining Minister at the event were Ms Sun Xueling, Minister of State for Home Affairs, four members of the GPC for Home Affairs – Mr Murali Pillai, Mr Zhulkarnain bin Abdul Rahim, Mr Sitoh Yih Pin, and Mr Vikram Nair – as well as other women MPs.

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Minister K Shanmugam (centre), with nine Political Office Holders and Members of Parliament, HTX Senior Management and Xponents, and the Engineering Good team at the cycling session on 14 Jul (Photo credit: HTX/Tan Chuan-Yean) 

 

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Enjoying the scenic coastline along East Coast Park (Photo credit: HTX/Tan Chuan-Yean)

 HTX Annual Cycle 2022_4Marking the spot with the quintessential “X” pose at Bedok Jetty, the turning point in the 11km route along the East Coast Park coastline (Photo credit: HTX/Marcus Hoong)

 

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Minister of State, Ministry of Home Affairs & Social and Family Development, Ms Sun Xueling, Chairperson of Government Parliamentary Committees (Home Affairs) and Member of Parliament for Bukit Batok SMC Mr Murali Pillai and HTX Deputy Chief Executive (Operations) Chen Yeang Tat cycling together at East Coast Park (Photo credit: HTX/Tan Chuan-Yean)

Ms Sun Xueling, Minister of State, Ministry of Home Affairs & Social and Family Development, who also participated in the cycling session said, “I think it’s good now that we are coming out of COVID, that we have a team bonding activity that is a physical one, everyone can see each other… over a healthy event like this. It gives us an opportunity to come together, build team spirit, and also focuses our mind on our collective mission together.”

Bernard Phang, Director of Policing Programme Management Centre and head of the HTX Annual Cycle 2022 organising committee, shared that he was happy with the positive reception to the event. He said, “The team worked very hard to put everything together, and it was all worth it seeing our colleagues enjoy a fun afternoon outdoors. Having the CSR element integrated in this year’s Annual Cycle also makes the event more rewarding, and I hope that the donations will be a great source of support to the beneficiaries of Engineering Good.”

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Flag-off event for HTX Annual Cycle 2022 took place on Friday afternoon, 8 July, where 200 Xponents cycled together to cover the 17km stretch from Singapore Sports Hub to the Marina Bay area and back.

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Participants of the HTX Annual Cycle 2022 Flag-Off Event on 8 July (Photo credit: HTX/Lionel Lim)

 

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(From left to right) HTX Deputy Chief Executive (Development) Ng Yeow Boon, Personal Assistant to CE Chan Jia Ling, HTX Deputy Chief Executive (Operations) Chen Yeang Tat, HTX Assistant Chief Executive (Programmes) Sean Tan and HTX CE Chan Tsan who have pledged to ride 2022km as part of the CSR challenge (Photo credit: HTX/Jasline Tan)

 

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Gearing up for a wheeling good time at the Flag-Off Event on 8 July (Photo credit: HTX/Rachel WZ Tan)

 

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Cycling by the bay – Xponents rode past iconic landmarks such as the Esplanade and Marina Bay Sands in the 17km scenic route (Photo credit: HTX/Roland Teo)

 

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eXuberant Xponents who are never “two-tired” (pun intended) to have fun together, challenging the bicycle-themed station games during the Flag-Off Event (Photo credit: HTX/Lionel Lim)

 

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Bernard and the rest of the organising team and volunteers for the HTX Annual Cycle 2022 (Photo credit: HTX/Rachel WZ Tan)