In the past decade Vidyodaya has effected tremendous change in the attitudes of the tribal community here to education. From having few children going to school we now have 100% enrolment in primary school! Many have progressed to secondary school, some even further than that. Vidyodaya team has been able to set up support systems in and around villages such as camps, study centres, village libraries and tutorials to ensure that children going to government schools get the kind of intensive support they require to complete schooling. They have also collaborated with the SSA to set up residential centres for dropouts so that they can re-enter school.
As a charity rider, I intend to raise a pledge and awareness about this cause and to enlist like minded people to contribute in whichever way possible. One such initiative that has come out of this this association is the concept of 'global school' where we attempt to connect children (using Digital media) from well endowed school system to children in schools with lesser resources to exchange ideas and knowledge. Feel free to reach out to me to participate in this initiative and make this a richer and fulfilling experience to all of us.
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Vivek's story is a fascinating one. A little more than a year ago life was weighing him down, both figuratively and literally. He had been battling obesity for years and had tried pretty much everything. Clocking in at 125 kilos, his weight was affecting his health drastically and he was even borderline diabetic all at the tender age of 29.
And then came his (re)introduction to cycling. While his big brother (Dr Arvind Bhateja) trained away with Team Spectrum Racing on his road and TT bikes, Vivek would borrow his MTB and ride around a bit. In no time, he decided he would compete in Bangalore's weekend road racing scene and he did. On a hardtail! Within a few months, Vivek had dropped weight and he decided it was time his bike did too. He gifted himself his first new bike - a Scott Speedster road bike. The pace really picked up from there. Today, Vivek weighs in at just 75 kilos - a loss of 50 kilos! And it continues to drop. He has never felt healthier and stronger and he decided he would ride this year's TfN as a charity rider, to give something back to the institution that is an indelible part of his life.
You see, Vivek's mum is Dr Sita Bhateja, and both as a member of the family and an employee of SBSH, he has grown up on a philosophy of giving. Sita Bhateja Speciality Hospital was founded on a charitable trust which has spent nearly a half century bringing healthcare to the less fortunate. Doctors in the charitable wing of SBSH perform everything from routine treatment for the flu to brain surgery free of charge or partially charged, based on needy patients? ability to afford it. All pro bono patients receive the same expert level of care from senior surgeons in the same state-of-the-art equipment operating theatre, as more well-to-do paying patients.
The relationship between Sita Bhateja Speciality Hospital and the Tour of the Nilgiris goes back to the event's very inception. Since the beginning, SBSH has overseen the health and wellbeing of all the riders at the TfN. In the 2013 TfN, SBSH's charity rider in the TfN Gautam Raja raised 1.2 lakh rupees which went towards the treatment of needy patients through the SBSH's trust. This year, Vivek will be looking to better that by a long way.
If you would like to support Vivek in his quest by donating towards SBSH's charitable activities, you may do so here http://www.sbshospital.com/donate
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Rakesh Rana is coming back to TfN 2014 with bigger aspirations – he is riding to raise charity for Aarohi, the NGO he is nurtured in and he wants to finish in the top 5!
Rakesh is an industrious, creative and highly motivated youth. To make a living, he juggles many roles seamlessly. He helps his father run a tea shop on the road to Aarohi. The shop also doubles up as a local 'milk collection centre'. He also works as a caretaker at a nearby Hotel. During tourist season, he treks along with visitors as a local guide.
A very active sportsman, playing several games whenever possible, he was also a winner of the 2011 Aarohi cycle race. He has learnt cycle repair and maintenance skills and has now started a small cycle repair services business at the same tea shop as well. For the future, he dreams to one day run a cycle-renting business for tourists and even has mapped out beautiful routes in Kumaon!
Tour of Nilgiris was created to provide a platform for talent to grow & seeing Rakesh excel has been a joy for the team. Support Rakesh as he grows in cycling pedigree and support Aarohi find more Rakesh’s.
To learn more about Aarohi and how you can help, http://www.aarohi.org/how-you-can-help.php.
About Iksha Foundation
Iksha foundation is a public charitable trust to focus on Retinoblastoma (eye Cancer) - to create awareness, to provide aid for its treatment and to support research to improve care of children with Retinoblastoma.
We at Iksha believe that no child should ever lose eyesight or face death to this type of childhood cancer that has one of the best cure rates. No family should have to go through the unspeakable pain of losing a child. We are currently supporting children who have been diagnosed with Retinoblastoma and are being treated at Narayana Nethralaya.