Wow! The Excitement of Funbike Gemilang

As a matter of fact, the tickets which targeted for only 10,000 people were surprisingly surpassed up to 13,400 participants registered. Many people also joined this event despite not getting the tickets.

Since 6.30 a.m. West Indonesia Time, on November 4th, 2018, Funbike Gemilang participants have already crowded Blang Pada Square of Banda Aceh City. They were very enthusiastic to participate in this event. The main prize for this event was lavish, one unit of Toyota Agya car.

Since the registration opened on October 18th, 2018, the residents had been rushing the registration counters. Moreover, the ticket price is also very affordable, only IDR 10,000 per person. As a matter of fact, the tickets which targeted for only 10,000 people were surprisingly surpassed up to 13,400 participants registered. Many people also joined this event despite not getting the tickets.

At 7.30 a.m., Banda Aceh Mayor, Aminullah Usman, was swinging the flag as a sign to start the Funbike Gemilang event. The enthusiasm of the participants increased as the Mayor was cycling along with the people.

From Blang Padang, the cyclists were passing Sultan Iskandar Muda Street. Then, they were crossing Ulee Kareng district towards Ajun Village. After going through Dodik Intersection to Keutapang, the bike riders were going toward Teuku Umar Street and stopping at Blang Padang.

Agya Car for Irwandi

The clock was pointed at 11.00 West Indonesia Time. The sun started to rise and the air got hotter. However, the spirit of the cyclists did not seem low. Without command, they began to fill the area around the main stage. They were waiting for the announcement moment, namely the prize draw.

The coupons drawing had started by announcing and giving variety prizes to the participant at the beginning. The prizes include household appliances, electronic devices, mountain bikes, and motorbikes.

One by one, the committee and a number of officials from Banda Aceh Government took turns to draw the coupons that had been put in a glass box.

Finally, the drawing time of the main prize arrived. The participants were listening carefully. The Mayor of Banda Aceh was welcomed by the program guide to draw the coupon for the main prize. Uniquely, Aminullah Usman was refused to withdraw the coupon by himself.

“I would ask one of the small children, who could not read and count yet, to draw the coupon for this car prize. So that, there will be no lie between us,” Aminullah declared and agreed by the participants.

Then, one of the boys was chosen to draw the main prize. After Aminullah made sure the boy could not read and could not count before the withdrawal. In the hug of the Mayor, the boy then draws a coupon and hands it to the Mayor.

“13179. Are you there?” asked Aminullah using microphone.

Within a short time, a man emerged from the crowd and waved his hat while shouting, “Here, I am!”

He got on the stage and handed his coupon to the Mayor to be checked the numbers accurately.

“All praise to Allah, he is a citizen of Banda Aceh,” Aminullah said, then greeted a standing ovation by the audiences.

The name of the lucky man is Irwandi. He lived at Ie Masen Kayee Adang, Ulee Kareng District. He works as a BRI employee daily.

Irwandi claimed that he did not expect to get a main prize, one unit of Toyota Agya car. He registered as a participant on the last day of registration after receiving the information from one of his friends.

“I thank the government of Banda Aceh and Luwak White Koffie,” said Irwandi happily.

Anyway, Funbike Gemilang is not the last year-end events of 2018. There will be another big event that will be held by the government of Banda Aceh. Let’s just wait for the surprise. []

Reporter : Munawar Hafizi 

Photograper: Mstawazir

Editor : Ayu ‘Ulya