Cycling from town to town on a noble mission

For a cause: Some of the team members, who criss-crossed Andhra’s coastal belt at Chetana in Chowdavaram in Guntur district on Tuesday.  

Staff Reporter

The team consists of 30 men and women from UK,

US and India

GUNTUR: Their smiling faces belie the tiredness of their bodies. Criss-crossing the rural hinterland on bicycles and braving the heat and dust of the coastal region can be a daunting task even for a professional rider.

But a group of 30 men and women from United Kingdom, United States of America and India, who have trudged villages and towns across coastal Andhra Pradesh, all for funding a school for slum children, have shown that charity calls for the highest embodiment of human spirit.

“We want to raise Rs.1 crore and dedicate it to the construction of a school for slum children and increase awareness about charity ,” said Dr. Satya Prasad also from the U.K.

Accompanying him were 22 Britons, 3 Americans and some from India, who had volunteered to take part in the cycling expedition. The members were accorded a tumultuous welcome at Chetana, Sri Venkateswara Bala Kuteer at Chowdavaram.

The group consisting of volunteers of Heal-UK Foundation started their journey on bicycles from Rajahmundry on January 3 and reached Guntur on Tuesday. They covered Manginipudi beach in Machilipatnam, Challapalli, Surya Lanka in Bapatla before reaching Guntur on Tuesday.

“We were touched by the affection shown by the people in all the villages ,” said a couple of U.K. Dr. Michael Henchy and Verine. Each member donated Rs.2.5 lakh for taking part in the rally.