Check Out How These Riders Are Using Their Bikes To Help Others
Many find joy in hopping on a bike and feeling the thrill in competitions, but what more if it’s done for a cause? That’s exactly what Cabalen Bikers do, who took part in the recently-concluded PRURide PH 2019 that featured a number of races such as the UCI 2.2 Stage Race, Masters Race, Gran Fondo, and Virtual Race.
Participated in by professional bikers from Pangasinan, Bulacan, Pampanga, Manila, and other regions in the country, the charity group seeks to provide assistance to local communities in need through bike rides. “Some sponsors bring their charities through helicopters and other expensive vehicles but ours, we’re doing it by bike no matter how far,” said its founder Froilan Nunag. The professional biker only used to reach out to marginalized areas with his family until it sparked interest in others that come from all walks of life—from engineers and doctors to the common people. This later convinced him to start a charity group late last year.
When asked about their greatest accomplishment thus far, Nunag was quick to point out an instance where they helped out an earthquake victim in Pampanga who had to have her leg amputated. “It was an ultimate decision of the doctor, rescuer, and the victim,” he said as he turned out grateful for having been able to bring hope to her heart after the unfortunate incident that took place a month ago. “Sobrang nakakataba ng puso kapag ginawa mo yung isang very difficult charity like what we’re doing—yung papadyak ka nang malayo para maihatid mo yung helping hand. We call it helping hand or helping legs. We use our legs to help out.”
As they continue to promote cycling and tourism in the Philippines through charity rides, Nunag looks forward to doing more for others as a group. While PRURide gave out bikes to the Subic community at the event, the group likewise thought of launching a Bike To School project that’s quite similar to the initiative. “We will give bicycles to children going to school by walking long distances in unfortunate communities,” he revealed, promising to stay true to its name Cabalen—a Kapampangan term that means kababayan.
To know more about them, visit CabalenBikers on Facebook.