Mission: At sixty-nine years young, I am aiming to tandem ride 550 kms from Manali to Khardung La with a blind cyclist to support inclusive adventure sport! Organised by Adventures Beyond Barriers Foundation, this expedition seeks to illustrate the power of play amongst able-bodied individuals and persons with disability equally. As we cycle up the Himalayas, everyone will go beyond their barriers, whatever they may be! A huge shout-out to fellow senior citizens as well - it is never too late to start participating in life and taking care of yourself and your health!
About Me: Life as a construction engineer at remote locations and later as a senior executive did not leave me much time for my health. In the year leading up to my retirement, I was limping for a year from damaged knee cartilage and finally had to undergo an arthroscopy. Following the surgery, I decided I was going to participate in life. Three months later, I ran my first marathon and got hooked to running. I was sixty-five years old. In a little over three years, I have run twelve half marathons but an injury meant I had to stop. Now I trek, and even made it to the Everest Base Camp. I cycle, and have pedaled in Bhutan and Sikkim. I also completed the Deccan Cliffhanger Challenge, a 644-km routine with a 31-hour deadline; twice. That is how I met Divyanshu. He came to flag off the challenge, and I was blown away by his commitment to inclusivity and accessibility. Today, I have pledged to support #M2K2017, an experience that combines the best of adventure, fun, and breaking barriers. And for this, I need your help. Please do your bit to make #M2K2017 a success.
What if someone told you that you could have an unimaginable load of fun, make the world a better place, and push your own boundaries at the same time? What if someone told you that you could do your bit to shatter stereotype, change perspectives, and clarify misconceptions while breaking personal records and fostering new relationships? What if someone told you that all this and more can happen in less than two weeks this August?
Adventures Beyond Barriers Foundation (ABBF) is telling you just that. Except we need your help.
ABBF is India’s leading adventure sports organization that caters to Persons with Disability as well as able-bodied adventurers. The Foundation works across five verticals including trekking, scuba diving, paragliding, and mountaineering, and facilitates opportunities for people to come together and experience the thrill of adventure independent of disability. Over July and August 2017, the team is all set to push even higher boundaries. Later this year (July 29th to August 10th, and August 12th to August 24th 2017), ABBF will be facilitating India’s first blind-and-sighted tandem cycling expedition in the Himalayas, where ten tandem pairs (with one blind cyclist each) will cycle over five hundred kilometres from Manali to Khardung La in less than two weeks.
Over the course of the two weeks, cyclists will push the limits of their physical endurance and mental fortitude, forge relationships and build empathy.,At its core, #M2K2017 is the chance for cyclists to discover new perspectives while simultaneously spreading the message of inclusivity and accessibility. If this isn’t a win-win, what is?
Yet, expeditions like #M2K2017 do not come easy and they definitely do not come cheap. This is where we need your help. ABBF Is committed to providing all our participants with the experience of a lifetime with no compromise on safety and quality. This means that we not only need to provide for all our cyclists' accommodation, food, and living expenses, but we also need to account for the costs of the tandem cycle and maintenance, support vehicle and basic medical requirements, as well as the expenditure of the practice runs in the months leading up to the event. This is where you step in.
We need you to support us, to fuel this expedition, make it happen. By contributing as much as you can, you are helping the cyclists truly imbibe the spirit of inclusion and adopt a new world view. Cyclists with disability, sighted captains, and solo cyclists alike will benefit from your generosity, allowing them to experience the power of play in action. Join us in this adventure, this revolution to change the way disability is understood today.
ABBF has a new partner for #M2K2017! Summiting4Hope is a social initiative by Anusha Subramanian and Guneet Puri committed to a variety of causes including enabling the inclusion of Persons with Disability in mainstream society. Anusha will be joining the team as a solo cyclist and S4H will help ABBF raise funds towards the expedition. We are grateful for their help and cannot wait to have Anusha join us!
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