Wakefield, West Yorkshire October 30, 2009 -- Preparations for the second charity bike ride in aid of the charity Heal are well under way. A group of adventurous people from the UK and the USA will be flying into Bangalore on New Years Day and will be met by a group of Heal supporters from India.
The 190 mile bike ride will raise around £100,000 for the charity which supports orphaned and underprivileged children in Andhra Pradesh. Heal was started in 1992 by Dr Koneru Prasad, a doctor from Peterborough, UK who donated his family home in Guntur, India to the fledgling charity. Now Heal provides education and healthcare for over 1,000 children in Andhra Pradesh, and has ambitious plans to extend its reach to 15,000 children by 2015.
Matthew Glover, the UK organiser of Cycle India explained, "All the cyclists taking part are currently working hard, both training for the event and fundraising for the charity. The reward for all this effort is cycling through the beautiful scenery of the Coorg, and afterwards visiting the Heal Childrens Village in Guntur to meet the kids".
At present there are 22 people from the UK, and 11 people from the USA taking part. With those joining Heal from India there should be around 40 people cycling for this worthwhile cause. There are still a few places left for Cycle India 2010, should anybody be interested in taking part in this life changing event.
All funds raised will go towards building a new residential school for children from deprived backgrounds in Vijayawada, the birthplace of Heal's founder Dr Prasad. The school will be Heal's most ambitious project to date, with the intention of creating a happy and safe learning environment for over 1000 children. Heal currently supports projects in Guntur, Vijayawada and Bhadrachalam but is looking to develop many more projects over the coming years.
Now in its 17th year, HEAL - a UK registered charity - is committed to providing shelter, support, education and healthcare for needy children. As a small charity they are committed to ensuring that donations are not wasted on administrative costs, such as advertising and salaries. They achieve this because they have no administrative office and no paid administrative staff.
Heal UK is the fundraising arm of the charity, but the real hard work is undertaken by the trustees and staff of Heal India where all our good work is undertaken. We have also recently added Heal USA as a further fundraising arm of the organisation.