GEORGE TOWN: A 60-year-old Penang pastor, dubbed “Crazy Iron Man”, today began a nine-day journey from here to Kuala Lumpur by pulling a rickshaw with a net weight of 65kg, all for a good cause.
The “Journey of Love” is part of Cheah Chee Moon’s efforts to raise RM1 million, which he will split between two charitable organisations in Penang and Kuala Lumpur.
Cheah was flagged off by Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow at Kompleks Masyarakat Penyayang on Jalan Utama here. He was escorted by six cyclists and five trishaw drivers to Penang jetty. After that, he will continue the rest of the journey on his own.
He is expected to complete his mission at a welfare centre on Jalan Hujan Emas, Taman OUG, off Jalan Klang Lama in Kuala Lumpur on July 7.
Cheah said among the challenges he will face are the weather and maintaining his stamina and mental state throughout the journey.
“By noon, the temperature can go up to 42 degrees, and under the shade, it can drop to about 36 degrees,” he told reporters before setting off.
Apart from regular exercise, proper diet and preparation, Cheah said his biggest motivation to push forward is knowing that he is doing it for a good cause.
He managed to pull the rickshaw for over 3,000km from Johor Bahru to Chiang Rai, Thailand, over 75 days last year to raise funds for five charity homes.
“I have done similar charity events in other countries, such as Cambodia, Vietnam and Indonesia.”
He said he is planning another 1,800km trip from Kuching to Kota Kinabalu later this year.
Cheah is targeting to raise RM1 million from May 1 to Aug 1 to be shared by the Eden Handicap Service Centre Berhad in Penang and Dual Blessing Berhad in Kuala Lumpur.
According to him, any passer-by willing to contribute a small amount may drop it into his donation box, while bigger donors are also welcomed.
On May 16, the Penang government started the ball rolling by contributing RM10,000. Today, Chow announced that he will be giving another RM10,000.