Cycle Ride of the corporates

Cycle Ride of the corporates
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Cycle Ride of the corporates. Five-year-old Hari Charan Rao was the cynosure of all eyes. Losing an arm and a leg in a freak accident didn’t stop Hari from his dream of participating in the event.

With patriotic spirit and a zeal to do something for the country, over 2500 techies from various MNCs in the city, assembled at the GMC Balayogi Stadium on Sunday with their cycles. The occasion was the ‘Republic Day Ride 2014’ which was organised by the Atlanta Foundation. Considering the occasion, the ride and its programmes started off with the flag hoisting ceremony by AK Khan, director general, Anti-Corruption Bureau. The motive of the event was to raise funds for government schools.

The event witnessed an outburst of techies, of which a few brought along their families too for the ride. In the morning, the Signature Ride (100 km) was flagged off by Arunima Sinha, the first woman amputee to conquer Mount Everest. Renowned Tollywood star, Nandamuri Balakrishna, who is also the chairman of Indo-American Cancer Hospital, was present at the event. He said, “Cycling is one of the best forms of exercise. Until recently, it was a daily activity but now the people have lost touch with it. It is events like these, which will promote cycling among the youth.”

Five-year-old Hari Charan Rao was the cynosure of all eyes. Losing an arm and a leg in a freak accident didn’t stop Hari from his dream of participating in the event.
Another attraction was the cycle of Dinesh Gupta from Bajrang Cutpiece Centre. The cycle was decked up with posters carrying messages about the pride of India, importance of cow etc.
“I got inspired from the film Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara. So I wanted to do something for the country. On important days like Republic Day, I deck my bicycle up with patriotic messages and go around the city,” he said.
A flash mob too was held as part of the event. IT executives freaked out to popular dance numbers and women participated in strong numbers. Also present at the event were actress Reshma and producer Thammareddy Bharadwaja.
There was also a national women’s cycling team which was all geared up, as actress Charmy Kaur lead the team on their ride. She stated that she was honoured to lead a team of cyclists on their ride and added, “Without women, there would be no scope for development.”
While a few techies were sweating it out on the cycles, the others were seen indulging in cultural activities like dance, songs and skits, which were all Republic-Day centric. Keeping in mind the fact that these events were mostly youth centric, an organisation by the name ‘Let’s Vote’, took the chance to address the gathering. Chaudary, president, Let’s Vote, said, “The acts of patriotism that the country has seen are unparalleled. To keep it alive, we must pledge that we will make use of what the constitution has given us- the right to vote.” After his speech the participants took the pledge to vote.
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