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Pedalling for a purpose

Altruistic cyclists complete 1,400-km journey around Sri Lanka to raise funds for 40,000 wheelchairs :


A bunch of altruistic cyclists on an 'Around The Pearl' (ATP) charity bicycle ride ended their gruelling 1400-kilometre journey on a high note last week and were received by family, friends and supporters at the Park Street Mews. The cyclists were on a quest to raise funds for 40,000 wheelchairs for children afflicted with Cerebral Palsy.

The 'Around The Pearl' team cycled around the entire island, launching their journey from Colombo and making the first pit stop at Weligama on day one. Thereafter they rode to Kataragama, Arugam Bay, Passikudah, Nilaveli, Kovil Junction, Jaffna, Maruchchukkaddi and Negombo over a nine-day period, finally reaching Colombo on the tenth day. The sun-burnt crew completed the final leg from Jetwing Blue, Negombo cheered on by family and friends.

A recent addition to the event now in its third year, was the formidable Chalai Challenge. The Chalai Challenge, saw 20 international riders and 50 local riders gather in Jaffna to take on a 94 km off-road race through an uncharted coastal route that tested their endurance.

Cerebral Palsy (CP) is the term for a group of non-progressive disorders of movement and posture caused by abnormalities or damage to the motor control centres of the brain.

CP is a significant health concern in Sri Lanka and is highly stigmatised. Many people in Sri Lanka do not have access to adequate funds to care for children with CP and as a result cannot afford to buy wheelchairs for them.

A simple wheelchair can provide a CP sufferer with greater mobility and freedom, enabling them to enjoy a more fulfilling life.

For more updates on the 'Around The Pearl' journey and to pledge your support and donate, please log in to www.aroundthepearl.lk&https://www.facebook.com/AroundThePearl

The ATP riders end the journey of 1400 kilometres at Park Street Mews Yasas with a beneficiary
Cooling off!  

Hussain Sidique Andrew Chocksy

 

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