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The three of us, Jaideep Khanna, Prashant Mehta and, Aashish Contractor
are keen amateur athletes who also have an interest in charity. Every
year we plan our training schedule around a fitness goal, and to ensure
that we stick to it, we use it to achieve a philanthropic goal. Over
the past couple of years we have approached colleagues, friends and
family to raise money for worthy charities using the one big event and
our participation as a draw.
Last year we set ourselves the goal
of riding from Mumbai to Pune non-stop, covering a distance of 175 km.
The ride was not part of a formally organised event and was entirely
self-funded. We used the ride to raise money for St. Jude Child Care
Centre, an NGO that works with children suffering from cancer and for
Akanksha, an NGO engaged in providing education for under-privileged
children. We were quite successful, raising over Rs 15 lakhs from our
network. This amount was raised entirely from individuals, not from
This year we have upped both the monetary target
and the physical challenge. We hope to raise more than twice the amount
we did last year and cover nearly double the distance.
On April 1, the three of us will ride from Mumbai University to Pune
University and back again, covering a distance of 320 km, including the
Mumbai-Pune ghats. To put the physical challenge in context, the
distance is much longer than the longest stage of the world's most
gruelling cycling event, the Tour de France. In 2011, the longest stage
was a flat stage of 226.5 km. During the 14-16 hours non-stop that we
expect to be on the bike we will face temperatures ranging from 20*C to
over 40*C. In training we have dodged erratic truckers, rowdy
motorists, mad dogs and assorted potholes; hopefully, it is no worse on
D-day. In order to minimize some of these obstacles, we will be riding
through the night.
To speed us on our way and to give us
motivation when our legs are flagging, our heads are sagging and our
butts are reminding us that they were not designed to be planted on 5
inch wide cycle seats for 15 hours at a time, please donate generously.
St. Jude Child Care Centres does wonderful work with very sick
children. They are contributing to society in ways that are an
inspiration to all of us and, most importantly, reaffirm the generosity
and selflessness of the human spirit.
We ask you to pledge an
amount per km of distance that we cover- for example, Rs10 per Km will
result in a Rs 3200 pledge, Rs 100 will result in Rs 32,000 and Rs 1000
per km will result in a Rs 3,20,000 pledge if we make it to Pune and
back. To establish a minimum corpus, the three of us are pledging Rs.
3,50,000, of our own money.
Please be generous in your support. The kids need it. The three of us will definitely need it.
Aashish, Prashant and Jaideep
P.S. In the event that you wish to support a charity of your choice, please
let us know the amount of your pledge and the name of the charity.
After the ride is over, we will arrange to have the amounts collected
from you and delivered to the charity of your choice.
St. Jude Child Care Centre: www.stjudechild.org/ St. Jude Child Care
Centres is an organisation founded by Nihal and Shyama Kaviratne that
provides free housing for children and parents that come to Bombay for
cancer treatment. Typically, all these children live outside Bombay and
are not in a position to take care of treatment AND pay for a place to
stay. At present they have 7 centres - 1 in Mhasker
Hospital, 2 in Parel run out of the Indian Cancer Society building and 4
Aashish Contractor, 40 years, Preventive Cardiologist and Head of Department of Cardiac Rehabilitation at Asian Heart Institute
Prashant Mehta, 43 years, CEO, Komli.com
Jaideep Khanna, 47 years, Managing Director and Head of Corporate and Investment Banking, Barclays, India.