STOCK MARKET BSE NSE

Giving ‘wheels’  to the needy

A cycle donation event organised by the  Rotary Club of Bangalore Koramangala gave away 200 cycles
to the poor

Published: 10th September 2017 10:34 PM  |   Last Updated: 11th September 2017 07:21 AM   |  A+A-

At the cyclothon

By Express News Service

BENGALURU: For 19-year-old Ujwal, a cycle is his ride to a new life. The degree student who lost his father is also the bread winner of the family.  The Tumkuru resident along with several others received bicyles at Cyclothon, which celebrates the 200th year of bicycle invention, 2017-18.

The event was organised by the Rotary Club of Bangalore, Koramangala, on Sunday which also that happens to be World Suicide Prevention Day. According to the organisers, around 200 bicycles were distributed during the event.

Ujwal looks after his farm land and cattle and the cycle is sure to come handy in his work. Another college student from Tumkuru, Darshan G who also received a bicycle at the event, aims to use it to commute to his college and his farm.

Raghavendra Prasad, 33,a social worker from Bengaluru brought in five beneficiaries from Tumkur and Doddaballapura taluk in Bengaluru rural district says that the bicyles will help better the financial conditions of these people. “Most of the people just have an acre of land and they depend on rains,” says the Msc graduate. Raghavendra adds that the cycle will have various uses for the people such as to fetch cattle feed.

Anand, 25, who farms on an acre of land in Tumkuru and has a few cows will be using the bicycle to bring in fertilisers and farm equipments. “These people walk miles to get their cattle feed,” says Raghavendra. “On the cycle, in a single trip they can get the grass for two cows in one trip without as much physical exhaustion,” he adds.

The cycle, Raghavendra says, will also be used to bring in seeds for farming and to transport milk to the society in villages. Chandrashekar, a coconut vendor from Doddaballapura taluk who received the bicycle donation will use it to get the produce from farms.

For Narsiappa, 32, the donation will be used exclusively to fetch cow feed and then to get the milk to the dairy cooperative society in Tumkur.

Tree for every person

For every participant at the event, a sapling was planted. Previously, Janet Yegneswaran, President 2017 - 18, Rotary Club of Bangalore Koramangala had initiated a drive on July 17 where eight bicycles were donated to farmers from Chickballapura and Tumkuru, students from Kaiwara and to a maid servant and a tea seller from Rajendranagar, Koramangala.

Stay up to date on all the latest Bengaluru news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp