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  • AK Khan, Filmstars Balakrishna, Charmi, Reshma, Thammreddy Bharadwau, Mountaineer Arunima Sinha graced Republic Ride 1014

    Published on January 27, 2014

    Hyderabad :  India’s biggest Corporate Cycling Event – ‘Republic Day Ride’was back once again and held at GMC Balayogi Stadium here at Gachibowli, Hyderabad today. The Republic Ride 2014 event began with the flag hoisting at 7am by Mr. Balakrishna and AK KhanA.K.Khan, Director General, Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB), amd Mr.Nandamuri Balakrishna, Chairman- Basavatarakam Indo American Cancer Hospital, Film Star Charmi, Ms.Arunima Sinha, the world’s first female amputee to climb Mount Everest, J.A Chowdary, Mr. Deenanath Harpanahalli, Atlanta Foundation Founder and Chairman, Film Personality Thamma Reddy Baradwaj, Ms. Reshma, Actress from the forthcoming Telugu movie Pratighatana and Government Schools Students who are part of The Atlanta Foundation’s (TAF) Education program.

    Speaking immediately after flag hoisting he said Voting is the cornerstone of a democracy but sadly far too few people vote. And coming few months are very crucial for India as there will be Genenal Elections. He urged all the youth, IT company executives who assembled to note the date of voting asked them to vote without fail.

    Basavatarakam Indo American Cancer Hospital Chairman and Film Star Balakrishna while speaking congratulated Atlanta Foundation for their initiative which is very laudable.  Cycling in olden days was part of our daily life, but, not now.  We must make it our daily routine to keep fit.  Today, 50 of our doctors are participating in the Republic Ride proves our commitment for the health of the public.  He also urged youth to take out time to go to polling booths to vote.

    Earlier “LetsVote: founder JA Chowdary  administered “We, the citizens of India, having abiding faith in democracy, hereby pledge to uphold the dEmocratice traditions of our country and the dignity of free, fair and peaceful elections, and to vote in every election fearlessly and without being influence by considerations of religion, race, caste, community, language or any inducement.

    The Signature ride of 100kms was flagged off by Mr. A.K. Khan, Reshma, Ms.Arunima Sinha, the world’s first female amputee to climb Mount Everest and Mr.Nandamuri Balakrishna, Chairman- Basavatarakam Indo American Cancer Hospital. The Strong Woman Strong Nation women cycling team was led by Telugu actress, Ms.Charmy.

    Being held continuously for the past 5 years, it is the most awaited event by corporates in the city. With record number of cyclists participation in the event each year, it will be soon applying for Limca Book of Records. Six thousand bicyclists from over 100 plus MNCs such as Wells Fargo, Dupont, Invesco, HSBC, Broadridge, TCS, United Technologies, Karvy, Google, Diebold, etc took part in the event.  It is by far the biggest Corporate Cycling Event in the country.  And The Republic Day was celebrated with patriotic fervor and grandeur.

    India’s biggest corporate cycling event is to go national. Christened as ‘United India Ride’ it will be held in Delhi on 9th March this year, informed Deenanath Harapanahalli, Founder and Chairman, The Atlanta Foundation addressing the media at the event today. Also the ride will be extending to metros in the country viz. Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore, Kolkata, etc. soon. We are also contemplating going international as well, Deenanath added.

    This August we will achieve the status of Asia’s biggest cycling event. We are already regarded as India’s biggest cycling event, informed Deenanath.

    Strong women is a strong nation.  There is no development without the participation of the women. I am happy to have been invited to lead a Strong Women Strong Nation Women Cylcing Team said Ms. Charmi, Telugu Film Actress.

    Cyclists seen at Republic Ride. 6000 cyclists participated in the Indias biggest Cycling Corporate Cycling Rally. Also seen is Balakrishna, FilmstarThe Republic Ride 2014 had a distance options of 2 Kms (Joy Ride), 100 Kms (Pride Ride). The ride was flag-off at the stadium, culminate at the stadium. The shorter distances of 2KMs, 6KMs and 10KMs were held within the stadium complex. 100Kms riders rode out of the stadium and came back after covering a scenic route of 100Kms which include the Gandipet and Himayat Sagar lakes. Pride Riders received a medal and certificate while Joy Riders got a certificate.

    The Republic Ride – 2014 also brought back the Criterium Race. 50 pro-cyclists raced with each other for a big cash prize organized in association with the District Cycling Association of Hyderabad, affiliated to the Cycling Association of Andhra Pradesh & the Cycling Federation of India.

    The youngest rider in the event, 10 year old Master Rishiram, a 5th standard student of Chirec, participated in the 100 Kms (Pride Ride) rider along with his mother Sirisha, who works for Dr. Reddy’s Labs. Rishiram has already participated earlier in the 66 Kms ride. Speaking on the occasion, Rishiram said that he has been participating in the rides since he was 7 years old. These rides are very exciting and challenging and I am happy to participate in them, said Rishiram.

    Nearly 10 senior citizens in the age group of 65-70 years are also participated in the Republic Ride 2014. Some of these senior citizens include Mr. M. Laxman Reddy, Chairman, St. Martin’s Engineering College, Hyderabad; Mr. Sitaram and others. Egging the younger generation to take up cycling, Mr. M. Laxman Reddy is rewarding Rs.1000/- to each student who participated in the ride along with him. This is being done to get more and more youngsters to come forward and take up cycling, he said.

    Blade Sprinters Pavan, 5 years old Haricharan, who earlier participated in Mumbai Marathon also participated. These two are trying to participate in forthcoming Para Olympics to be held South Korea.  Praveen lost a leg in a road accident in Gachibowli.  Haricharan lost one leg due to electric shock while playing on the terrace of the building.  Ms. Kiran, who lost a leg when she was thrown out of a train in a scuffle while somebody was trying to snatch away her bag. Working in Infosys, she is blade runner and runs for 75kms, also got inspired up Arunima and participated in the Republic Ride event.  Together these all blade runners participated in a friendly run at the indoor stadium of the Gachibowli.  Arunima Sinha, the mountaineer who climbed Mount Everest despite of her one leg amputated and become the first woman amputee in the world the scale Mount Everest now focuses on running too. A Hyderabad based organisation is providing her with the blade. Soon she is going to start her training in Coimbatore.  And she is preparing hard to participate in Para Olympics from India.

    Kiran Kanojia  the software engineer at Infosys , a blade runner,  while sharing her dream said her ultimate goal is to qualify for the Asian Cycling Championship in 2014 and Paralympics that will follow.

    The entire Republic Day Ride event bore a festive look frequently shouting Bharat Matha Ki Jai.  The patriotism was at its peak with slogan shouting IT employees.  Many stalls were put up in conjunction with the cycling rally. There was one stall Yoy of reading, an initiative of five IT employees Viz Manish, Pravesh Jha, Harini, Gagan and Mohak to spread the joy of reading to the children of underprivileged and government schools.  Read, rejoice, rejuvenate, says Manish.  A book is perhaps the most treasured gift we can share with a child. A gift that can be opened again and again. A gift that sets the child on a path to joy and success. Joy of Reading is focussed on improving reading habits of children of all ages. Our vision is rooted in the belief that good literature is a gateway to celebrate human potential and spirit, Manish said.

    Our goal is to provide children access to books, and to motivate them to take up reading, so that they can continue independently and get access to virtually all the knowledge in the world. Our services are based on a unique concept of sharing books with schools, NGOs, and shelter homes on a rotation basis.

    When the desire to read is planted and nurtured in a child at an early stage, the child sets itself for a journey of lifelong learning, Manish says.  They have so far collected 27000 books all collected as donation in USA. These books are valued at 2,70,000 US dollars.  On a pilot basis they are running a small libray of 750 books each in six government schools such as: Manikonda Government School, Dhara, Anjaiah Nagar Government School, Gachibowlie Government School, Siddiquie School, Ayyappa Government School. Where volunteers of IIIT Students go and spend one hour at the weekend help children study those books.  They also have two central libraries  together they have 20,000 books. These libraries are located at Kalyan Nagar and other places.  Soon they would like to extend this facility to 60 other schools and need about 60,000 books.  These books are of non fiction, non religious, non culture specific, globally anybody can read kind of books and story books they said.

    Koithaguda Government Schools, Aurora Business School, IIIT, Vishwawani College performed cultural programmes. Mime show “India Today and Youth Be the Change” performed by Aurora Business School was the highlight. It was patriotism Mime Show began in 1947 and had journey of last 60 plus years.  Saicharan, Sataswarup, Srikrishna, Raghuram, Rahul, Josh Vinay participated.  Using play cards with various messages such as “During Independece we fought with Britishers, now we fight with our own people” attracted people to the mime show.  Raghuram sported as Gandhi in the Mime Show.

    It also had a flash mob. IT executives freaked out to the popular dance numbers.  The light of the flash mob was many women participating in the same. Out of somany Mrs. Kavitha stood out in the crowd as she was dancing with holding her Tiny Toddler seen trying to Cycle at Republic Ride 2014two years old daughter Diksha.  An employees at GE, she is an avid dancer, so also her tow years old daughter Diksha, she informed.

    Pedaller Point displayed a Giant SCR Bicycle which is the costliest bicycle on display costing Rs 93,000.  It is a light weight cycle, with almunium body, one can hold with a single hand.  Another stall stood out in the crowd is Celcisu Cool Products displaying cool apparels for the forthcoming summer season.  They displayed many coold products like Cool Skull Cap, AC Towel, Cooling Cap, Cooling Wests, Cycling Wests etc to beat the summer heat.  The Unique polymer embedded HyperKewl Fabric makes us cool the sales executives at the stall claimed.

    Another attraction was a cycle of the Dinesh Gupta from Bajrang Cutpiece Center.  The cycle decked up with message of brotherhood, ‘prem se bhole” pride of India, importance of Cow etc.  I got inspired by a film Gindagi Na Mile Dubara.  So I wanted to do something for the country. On important days like Republic Day, I deck up my bicycle with patriotic message and go around the city he said.

    The Republic Ride is being held to celebrate our nationally important day and also to make a positive difference in the lives of underprivileged students. The goal of the entire event is to raise awareness and funds for the education of under-privileged students, namely – Anjaiah Nagar Government Primary School; Siddique Nagar Government Primary School; Gachibowli Primary School and CNN Tanda Primary School

    The Atlanta Foundation’s primary mission is to support the education of the students of the above mentioned schools. Since the Foundation has a No-Donation Policy, these rides help in raising funds for these students. The Republic Ride provides a unique cycling experience with a chance to make a positive difference to those who really need it.