Let me introduce my dear friend to you all, someone who truly inspires me and makes me jealous of his disability. Every time I meet him I realize there’s so much more to do in life –
An IT Expert. Winner Of A National Award from the Vice-President Of India. A Psychologist. An Adventure Sports Enthusiast who is an avid mountain climber and para-glider. An entrepreneur. With one small detail to complete the picture–Divyanshu is blind.
Divyanshu lost his eyesight at the age of 19 to glaucoma and before the world could write him off he chalked a path for himself. He worked and excelled in the IT sector when "IT" was the buzz word and after 7 years with machines he fell in love with the human brain and went back to college to complete his studies in Psychology and Neuroscience. He then set up Yellow Brick Road, which provides individual, educational and corporate solutions through psychology and counselling.
His personal passion for adventure sports and the cause of getting the concerns of disabled community in the mainstream saw Divyanshu co-create Adventures Beyond Barriers, a not-for-profit organisation which organises adventure sports events with the able-bodied and disabled community together.
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. 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.
The total cost for this campaign will be 18 lacs of which I have taken up to raise 1.50 lacs I seek your support in making a small contribution in realizing someone's dream. After all "You can have everything in life you wish , if you give others what they need." Requesting you to open your hearts and your wallets in helping someone live their dream and allowing them to see with your eyes how the highest peaks in life look like.
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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