Indore: Man begins 21,000-km journey to spread cancer awareness

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Indore
  • Updated: Apr 03, 2015 18:59 IST

The lone ranger — that's how one can describe Indore's 23-year old Sumit Singh.

Sumit has set off on a 21,000-kilometre cycle journey to spread awareness about cancer and raise funds for patients suffering from the deadly disease.

"I don’t want to live like everybody does. I like travelling and helping the helpless in my own way," Sumit said.

He will conduct a series of awareness activities in more than 100 cities, 1,000 villages and more than 2,000 schools and colleges in the country.

"I want to take the message about cancer to at least one crore people in this six-month cycling campaign," said Sumit.

All donations will be transparent and will go to the Jawarharlal Nehru Cancer Hospital and Research Centre in Bhopal, he added.

Three years ago, Sumit set off on a similar cycling adventure to save the girl child.

He travelled 6,000 kilometres across Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Delhi, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Gujarat for the campaign.

"It is not about cancer or girl child, I stand for anything that appeals me, that motivates me to work towards it," he said.

"I don’t want to get into a job," said the final-year engineering student of IPS Academy. "My parents oppose my decisions, but it's okay," he said.

He started the campaign from Indore and has so far covered about 95 kilometres. "I've collected Rs 4,500 till date," he said.

Sumit will now proceed to other cities and towns in the state, before moving to Rajasthan, Haryana, Delhi, and Uttar Pradesh.

The cycle journey will culminate on the Indo-Nepal border.

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