BENGALURU: Mumbai-based techie, Jasmeet Gandhi, is all set to pedal 1,000 km to raise funds for children suffering from Retinoblastoma (eye cancer). His journey begins from Mumbai on November 14 and ends in Bengaluru on November 23.
Gandhi is auctioning kilometres and is also getting contribution from corporate houses. "Each kilometre is priced at Rs 500 and you have to buy a minimum of 10. My target is Rs 10 lakh to fund treatment of 10 kids suffering from eye cancer," Gandhi told City Express.
He has taken to social media and radio to tell people about his cause. "Help is coming from all ends. Hopefully we will raise the entire amount by next week," he says.
Earlier this year, a chance meeting in Bengaluru gave a new meaning to his life. Through a common friend, he met Thanmaya Bekkalale, founder of iksha Foundation that supports children with eye cancer. Over a cup of coffee they discussed the issues surrounding the disease in India. "It is a very underrepresented type of cancer. Chances of cure are high but most cases go unreported as awareness level is very low," he says and adds that he wanted to do more than just sign a cheque. "I have never done anything like this, an effort that has direct impact," he adds.
Gandhi took to cycling one-and-a-half years ago. He had an active childhood and sports was an important part of his daily routine. “I used to play tennis regularly. But I had to stop when I sustained injuries,” he adds. It was then that he took up cycling seriously.
For the coming expedition, Gandhi is following a strict diet and exercise regimen. “I wake up at 5 am everyday, exercise religiously and avoid junk food,” he says.
On his 10-day tour, he plans to ride 110 km every day, for almost 5-6 hours. “I want to wrap up before sunset as it becomes dangerous after that,” he adds. A small team comprising a doctor will tail his cycle.
On the fifth day, he will stop at Belagavi where a free eye camp will be conducted for children. After reaching Bengaluru, he will visit Narayana Nethralaya hospital where the children of Iksha are treated.