Cycling for oneself is a good exercise. But cycling for a cause is devoting oneself to bring a change in the lives of the ones, who need it the most.
Can there be a better reason to cycle than this?
Cyclist enthusiasts from Bangalore, are now cycling to raise awareness and bring in funds for causes that are close to their hearts. While the causes range from education to sanitation to women empowerment to cancer awareness, the motive remains the same: the will to bring about change.
"Ride2Light is an initiative that combines 2C’s that all of us involved are passionate about, cycling and causes. All riders taking part in this have been cycling for a long time, from distances ranging from 10 km to over 600 km," says Siddarth, who works with a software solutions firm.
Currently, Ride2Light has attached itself with four causes - helping underprivileged students in Mittur village through Mittur Charitable Trust, generating Cancer awareness through Yuvraj Singh’s charitable organisation YouWeCan, providing Sanitation facilities in Tiruchirappalli and generating awareness for para athletes.
The first edition of Ride2Light will begin on October 2 at Freedom Park, Bangalore and traverse through Goa on October 5, Gateway of India on October 9, Udaipur on October 13, ending at India Gate on the October 18. The journey will cover 2400 km in 18 days across the four stages. Multiple riders will join in at different stages in different places.
While passing through small towns and villages, the Ride2Light team will engage with the community and kids through street activities and gully cricket. Besides working for causes, their goal is also to promote cycling as a sport.
How can you help?
- You can donate to the charitable causes through Milaap using your credit card, making it as simple as the last online purchase, but this time, for a cause. Every donation, no matter how big or small will make a tremendous difference.
- Ride with them for the causes you identify yourself with. You can choose what distance you want to travel
- Spread the good word about them. Share their story with others in the online and offline world
- Come and cheer for them up - Freedom Park Bangalore, Fort Aguada Goa, Gateway of India Mumbai, Udaipur lake palace, India Gate New Delhi