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Cycling miles to spread smiles

india Updated: Aug 10, 2011 00:19 IST
Divya Sethi
Divya Sethi
Hindustan Times
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A group of cyclists are on a mission to spread awareness against child abuse. They are pedalling to raise funds so that children from the economically weaker sections could be provided education.

Meet the Team T3 cycling group - Manas Arvind, Dr Chiro Mitra, Jasbir Singh, Nitish Bajaj and Sayantan Chakraboti who have taken up the noble cause.

All acheivers in their own right, they say they want to contribute for the welfare of the future leaders of the country. Arvind, a businessman by profession, said, "Cycling is our passion but now it is our mission. Sometimes people bid saying if we cycle 200 kilometres, they would contribute Rs 200 and that's how we are generating money."

Dr Mitra, a veterinary surgeon, said, "We ride miles to bring smiles. We just need to open our eyes and realise that there are many children who are being exploited."

Members of the organisation feel that though the police department has introduced a child helpline number (1098), many people are still not aware.

"We also have a Facebook group. Presently, we have 50 members who have started cycling with a mission," Arvind added.
In February this year, the group cycled from Gurgaon to Ajmer and raised funds to purchase a rescue vehicle for Shakti Vahini, an NGO.