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Help Poor & Underprivileged Kids So They Can Cycle To School

Dear All,

This has been an incredibly difficult year for everyone, especially for me and my family. I am going to hit a big milestone with my 40th birthday coming up in 9 days (14th Oct) and I had some grand plans that I have been thinking about for a couple of years now and make it memorable.

With how this year has unfolded personally for me and with the current situation neither I am not going to have any celebrations which involve gathering nor I am in a spirit to party as I had once planned.

That said, I want to do something meaningful which helps put things into perspective and also my parents from up there can see that and be proud and happy about it.

On My 40th Birthday, I plan to Cycle 100 KM  In return - this is a reach out to my friends and relatives all over the globe with a request to help me raise INR 1,50,000 which will allow me to buy close to 50 Bicycles for the poor kids (especially young girls) who have to walk a long distance in hot weather, rains to get to school. I just felt having cycled to get to school will not only give them needed comfort, save time but it will also be fun for them to be able to cycle with their friends.

As I write this I see 3 cricket bats which my Son has and he will soon outgrow them. Clearly, he doesn't need those many, and sometimes its not always about need but also about fun and privilege. It not just about necessity but also those small joys in life which these poor kids are deprived of and with your help and support I would like to bring that joy and smiles to their faces. I remember cycling to school till I was 16 years old (10th Grade) and yes it was great fun.

I was so happy when my father bought me HERO RANGER, my sister had BSA SLR and elder brother had MAC ONE :)

My mother used to live in a small town in Vidharbha/Maharashtra called AKOT and she used to do a lot of charity work for underprivileged people from nearby villages. AKOT also being my place of birth and my maternal home town, I feel connected with that town and logistically also it's easy for my brother to manage things and more importantly ensure needy kids are identified without any NGO / Middlemen involved (with due respect to all of them)      

My Plan and Preparation so far

- I will donate INR 50,000 from my side (~GBP 500)
- My Elder brother with his contacts is helping me identify and list down poor needy kids, these will be kids of parents who work on daily wages and are not in a position to buy cycle for their kids
- Cycle Dealer from Akola (Baheti Brothers) has been identified and I have got an initial quote of 3200-3300 per bike with some additional cost involved for transportation and distribution
- Pics, Videos of the Distribution ceremony will be published along with Invoice, Names, and contact details of all beneficiaries

In terms of my readiness to cycle 100 KM 

- I need to buy, borrow a cycle, or just use my 9 years old hybrid bike for 100 KM ride :) I am still unsure but I will decide soon
- In touch with few Cyclist friends who are helping me finalizing the route
- No idea how the weather will be but I promise I will get the job done irrespective!
- I aim to step out for practice rides ( 2 to 3 X 25 to 30 KM) between now and birthday

If anyone fancies joining me - please do. Needless to say, Lunch will be on me  :)

Thank you all in advance for your help and I look forward to your support.

Cheers,
Nikhil.
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13th October 2020
Dear All,

Thank you so much for the overwhelming response and faith shown in the initiative. Clearly, it has resonated well with you and I assure you, I am personally program managing it closely along with my brother and will get back with updates.

As I write this message we have raised INR 333,478.71 with the help of 59 supporters all over the globe. I'm confident there are many more who want to donate but I'm having to close this fundraiser campaign now as we have already collected funds for 100 bikes + transport and that is absolutely brilliant. We have required funds and all we need is your good wishes and blessings. I'm so excited and couldn’t thank you all (those who donated or were going to or even wished me well and blessed the initiative with all the positivity – It means a lot to me).

Quick Update on my 100KM birthday bike ride - I am all set for tomorrow and some of my dear friends have taken a day off and have decided to join me which makes it even more exciting. I am so looking forward to tomorrow. Thank you - Bhavin, Lalit Chirag and Swapnil and Ankur for joining me for this ride tomorrow and thank you - Anish, Rajat, Karan who were keen and had offered to join. Appreciate it’s a weekday and I know all my friends will be wishing me and other riders well for this exciting ride tomorrow.

100KM à 100 Cycles for poor kids – This feels awesome and I already feel the pump.
Thank you once again everyone! God Bless you all.

Yours,
Nikhil.
Dear All,

Thank you so much for the overwhelming response and faith shown in the initiative. Clearly, it has resonated well with you and I assure you, I am personally program managing it closely along with my brother and will get back with updates.

As I write this message we have raised INR 333,478.71 with the help of 59 supporters all over the globe. I'm confident there are many more who want to donate but I'm having to close this fundraiser campaign now as we have already collected funds for 100 bikes + transport and that is absolutely brilliant. We have required funds and all we need is your good wishes and blessings. I'm so excited and couldn’t thank you all (those who donated or were going to or even wished me well and blessed the initiative with all the positivity – It means a lot to me).

Quick Update on my 100KM birthday bike ride - I am all set for tomorrow and some of my dear friends have taken a day off and have decided to join me which makes it even more exciting. I am so looking forward to tomorrow. Thank you - Bhavin, Lalit Chirag and Swapnil and Ankur for joining me for this ride tomorrow and thank you - Anish, Rajat, Karan who were keen and had offered to join. Appreciate it’s a weekday and I know all my friends will be wishing me and other riders well for this exciting ride tomorrow.

100KM à 100 Cycles for poor kids – This feels awesome and I already feel the pump.
Thank you once again everyone! God Bless you all.

Yours,
Nikhil.
Rs.339,995 raised

Goal: Rs.150,000

Beneficiary: Poor kids who h... info_outline

Supporters (61)

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Vaidy donated £50

Nice one Nikhil, all the best for your bike ride!

AF
Alan donated £20

All the best for this great initiative and Happy Birthday mate..

Sunila
Sunila donated $25
PN
Piyush donated £20

Nikhil Bhai - Good work and a superb way to do something meaningful on the special day. All the best.

SJ
Sumit donated £50

Great job Nikhil! Here’s our little contribution for a great cause. Sonal & Sumit

AK
Ajit donated Rs.10,000

Great Stuff Nikhil. It's a worthy cause. Good to see the efforts put in by you and your brother!