KARNATAKA

Cycling enthusiast raises money for school

He appears to be a man with a mission. For almost 10 years now, T.V. Muraly has been going on cycling expeditions to raise funds for various social causes.

After retiring from the Indian Air Force (IAF) in 2006, the 45-year-old continued his passion — pedalling for a cause.

Recently, he undertook a four-day expedition covering Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh to raise money for Ashankura, the school for special-needs children run by Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL), here in Bangalore.

“Every year since 2003, I go on cycling expeditions with a two-fold objective: to spread awareness about various social causes and collect donations from friends, well-wishers and philanthropists spread across the world. Before starting out, I send out letters and brochures by email and post seeking funds for an identified cause. I also distribute the brochures wherever I go,” said Mr. Muraly.

This year, his effort resulted in a collection of Rs. 88,000 that would be utilised to help pay the fees of underprivileged children at Ashankura while he wheeled his way through Krishnagiri, Ambur, Vellore, Peranampattu, Venkatagirikota and Kolar before finally arriving at Ashankura, near BEL factory at Jalahalli, Bangalore.

M.M. Joshi, general manager (information Ssystems), BEL-Corporate Office, and chairperson of the Bharat Electronics Educational Institutions; Sudheendra G.R., deputy general manager (mass manufacturing facility), BEL; Dechamma Prabhu, headmistress, Ashankura, welcomed Mr. Muraly. Air Marshal (Retd) B.U. Chengappa, president, Air Force Association, Karnataka; Chandrashekar N. and P. Krishna of Chan Ki Martial Arts Trust were the guests of honour.

Special-needs children

Ashankura, meaning budding hope in Sanskrit, established in 1980 by the BEL, initially catered to special-needs children of BEL employees, but later began accommodating neighbourhood children as well.



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