70 special needs children thrilled to enter push bike race
Last Update: 08/09/2019
BUKIT MERTAJAM, Sept 7 -- About 70 students from Special Needs Schools around Seberang Jaya area were given the opportunity to try and participate in a push bike race in conjunction with Seberang Jaya Hospital (HSJ) World Physiotherapy Day here today.
Students from four schools, namely Sekolah Kebangsaan (SK) Seberang Jaya, SK Tanah Liat, SK Bandar Baru Perda and SK Tok Kandu, were thrilled to get on the pedal-less bicycles.
Every student was seen moving their push bicycles rapidly using both feet to compete with their friends.
"Being given the opportunity to ride a bicycle for the first time, the special needs students seem to get the hang of it really quickly and are very excited to participate in today's competition," said Penang Push Bike Association president Bakar Noordin.
Bakar said besides the special needs students, the competition was also open to other children under the category of under four, five to seven and eight to 12 years old.
“It was good to see the support from the parents as well. Push bicycles can make children more active and full of energy,” he added.
Special needs student Muhamad Aiman Haikal Ismail, 12, said this was the first time he had ridden a bike and described the opportunity as fun because it was different from a regular bike.
“It felt weird at first because there were no pedals but after a while it was fun ... if I had the chance to join the race again, I would, " he said.
HSJ director Dr Saiful Azlan Sharif said he did not expect to receive such an encouraging response. “We plan to organise it for both adults and children again next year,” he said.