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Help A Para-athlete In Making India Proud

5 International Gold Medals! 9 International Silver Medals!  1 Bronze Medal! This is the medals haul not of a team or a country, but of an individual and para-athlete at that!; World Champion Para-athlete in Sport Climbing, Manikandan Kumar!

This legend should be a household name, but instead he is struggling to participate in the next set of international events, which includes the World Championship on 6-16 Sept 2018, due to a shortage of funds.

Mani is a para-athlete making India proud in his sport of para-climbing.  This world champion is special.  He has defied disability , caused by a childhood polio affliction. The deadly disease might have left him with a permanently disabled leg, but he chose to climb!

Today Mani is a “rock-star” in his own right.

He was born into a family of modest means. His father is a carpenter and his mother rolled incense sticks.

When he was five years old, he was afflicted by polio and it claimed his right leg from hip downwards. With no power in his right leg, at one point, he had to use his hands to lift and move the leg.

But Mani was a determined child. With a lot of work-outs and exercise he worked hard to strengthen his leg. He began rock climbing in Bangalore, India, at the age of 16 in 2002 even while he was still nursing severe polio and had to use calipers for movement and support. The sport had him hooked and he was determined to scale new heights through it.

At 28 years of age, he became world number 2 in the Para-climbing world championship held in Spain in 2014. He is also the only Indian climber to win 5 gold medals and 9 silver medals and 1 bronze medal in climbing in international championships. (Mens Arthritis and Neurological P.D. category) .

He wants to represent the Para-Climbing community, a sport that has little recognition in India, to help gain further support and exposure for Indian Para-athletes in adventure sport. A truly bold and inspiring goal!

His current challenge is an urgent need of funds to enable his participation in the World Championships.

Mani has  to represent India in the World Championship to be held in Inssbruck, Austria from 6th Sept to 16th Sept.

Due to a grant that was promised, but did not materialize at the last minute, he is left stranded and is urgently in need of funds to train, travel and participate in this competition.

We are looking to raise an amount of Rs 6 lakhs for him.

The funding is needed for his travel to international locations, training and stay.

Please contribute generously to support our champion!

Watch this video for his story (dated, yet accurate) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gNX1Hwbdfgo&t=13s
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14th September 2018
Dear Supporters,

Mani has won the bronze at the World Championships! Yesterday (13th Sep 2018) . Do share the msg to your circles. Thank you everyone!

 
Dear Supporters,

Mani has won the bronze at the World Championships! Yesterday (13th Sep 2018) . Do share the msg to your circles. Thank you everyone!

 
23rd August 2018
Thank you for your contributions this far. These initial collections will help Mani in traveling to Austria! 

Please do spread the word and encourage your friends and family to contribute. We still have a long way to go. Thank you very much!

We will keep you posted about Mani's progress. 
Thank you for your contributions this far. These initial collections will help Mani in traveling to Austria! 

Please do spread the word and encourage your friends and family to contribute. We still have a long way to go. Thank you very much!

We will keep you posted about Mani's progress. 
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Rs.72,830 raised

Goal: Rs.600,000

Beneficiary: Manikandan Kumar info_outline

Supporters (32)

AG
Aakansha donated Rs.500

Make us proud.

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Anonymous donated Rs.1,500
KS
KS donated Rs.2,500

Wishing Manikandan all the very best!!!

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Anonymous donated Rs.100

Time to support the Athlets !!

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Anonymous donated Rs.500

Good luck bravo!

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Anonymous donated Rs.2,500

All the best 👍🏽