From Sydney to London, via Delhi...

RALPH DIXON has no idea how long it will take multiple sclerosis to rob him of the ability to ride his motorbike. That is why he and his partner Fionnuala Livingston have embarked on a five-month-long 40,000-km motorcycle odyssey from Sydney to London to raise money to help find a cure for this disease of the central nervous system which afflicts thousands of men and women globally in the prime of their lives.

Riding their BMW F650, the two Australian nationals set out on their international charity motorcycle ride from Sydney on May 13 and after passing through several countries, will be arriving in the Capital this Saturday. With the slogan "We Ride 4 MS'' and the endorsement of Multiple Sclerosis International, the intrepid pair will be received at India Gate by the Chief Minister, Sheila Dikshit.

A chronic disease, multiple sclerosis results in tingling, numbness and paralysis, sometimes even causing blindness. When Ralph was diagnosed with this disease less than two years ago, he knew little about this most common neurological condition among adults. During his first severe attack, Ralph's body effectively locked up and his limbs went numb.

During their journey through India, Ralph and Fionnuala will be stopping over in Kolkata and Mumbai as well. They are being hosted by the Multiple Sclerosis Society of India.

By Kannan K.

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