TAMIL NADU

Cycle rally to raise funds

Wheels of campaign: Youngsters participate in the ‘Chennai Cyclothon’ in Chennai on Sunday.

Wheels of campaign: Youngsters participate in the ‘Chennai Cyclothon’ in Chennai on Sunday.   | Photo Credit: — Photo: M. Karunakaran

Staff Reporter

CHENNAI: An army of bicycles of different hues and sizes descended on the Anna University campus here on Sunday as close to 4,000 persons took part in Chennai’s first ‘Cyclothon’.

The theme of the event, to raise funds for Children of the World India (CWI), was ‘Healthy you, healthy planet’. Apart from promoting a culture of cycling, the aim was to raise awareness about individual responsibility to larger social causes.

The programme generated short-term friendships and scenes of families cycling together on otherwise crowded roads just for the fun of it.

“I never get to cycle otherwise,” said Karthikeyan Nagarajan, a software professional Many like Yashonidhi put in a lot of effort just to cycle on the city streets at least on one day. “I slept just a few hours and came here with enthusiasm. Cycling is extremely dangerous when one has to compete for space with fast moving traffic.”

While health and nostalgia guided the old, the young had interests which were more short-term.

“I like riding against the wind on my bicycle,” said 14-year-old Gautam. “It is like flying a glider.”

The event was flagged off by Anna University Vice-Chancellor P. Mannar Jawahar and prizes were distributed by Mayor M. Subramanian.

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