For a ‘beary’ good cause

  • Nanki Singh, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Apr 23, 2014 18:19 IST

Spreading smiles among children with life-threatening illnesses via his transcontinental awareness and fundraising ride with the World Wide Relay Run, Charlie Bear arrived in the North Eastern region of India this month.

Originating as an idea between two bikers talking on Facebook, the World Wide Relay Run is now an international motorcycle relay phenomenon taking Charlie Bear on the ride of his life!

The World Wide Relay riders claim that they are not associated with any particular charity and if anyone wants to donate on a local, state, national or international level, they can do so by donating directly to the Children’s Charity or any other charity they want to support. The plan is to exchange Charlie Bear, over and over, by handing him off from one biker to another biker across the world until he makes it back to his point of origin, the USA, where the idea originated last year in July.

For a teddy, Charlie is an adventurous one! He rode pillion to the Poker Run in Nepal. He then flew from the Poker Run to Mount Everest and onwards to New Delhi. Inducted as a member by the Road Survivors Motorcycle Club, Charlie rode from Delhi to Chandigarh with them.

Charlie is now being escorted to Patiala by two riders from the Royal City Riders motorcycle club. In Patiala, Charlie will spend some time with students of a school for the hearing and speech impaired.

IT professional, moderator of Road Survivors, Jojo is the one who brought Charlie to Chandigarh.
“Normally, I don’t have a pillion, but then this was for a good cause. And, it was fun!” says Jojo.

IAS aspirant and engineer Apoorv adds, “Riding with Charlie made me realise that most global issues can be resolved if the entire world joins hands. I wish Charlie all the best in his endeavour.”

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