Renowned Tamil film personalities, film maker Venkat Prabhu, actor Krishna Kulasekaran tweeted in support of India’s 1st Blind Tandem cycling team who will be participating in the Himalayan Run and Cycle Fest 2016. The team will cover about 550 kms from Manali to Khardung-La Pass, the highest motorable road in the world from August 29th to September 3rd 2016. Venkat Prabhu and Krishna Kulasekaran are supporting their crowdfunding campaign on FuelADream.com that aims to collect INR 3,20,000 for the entire journey.
Divyanshu Ganatra was nineteen years old when he lost his eyesight to glaucoma. But that did not stop him for achieving his dream. After stints in IT to training as a clinical psychologist, behavioural facilitator, he has now become a self-made entrepreneur. In 2014, he became the first blind solo paraglider, taking his maiden flight. In this latest initiative, he will be tandem cycling with his sighted partner, Gagan, for 7 days in the Himalayas.
Divyanshu is an inspiration for every disabled person out there who gets limited by the fears they have. It was his vision that brought about Adventures Beyond Barriers Foundation (ABBF), a not-for-profit organisation committed to spreading awareness, established out of Pune, India.
Ranganath Thota, Founder of Fueladream said,
“This is a very inspirational initiative from Divyanshu and his team at ABBF. We are thrilled and honoured that Fueladream is able to partner with them for this fundraising campaign.”
At the very heart of ABBF is the desire to spread the spirit of empathy, proving that worldviews that see disability as stigma, are antiquated, misplaced and belong decidedly in the past. It is the ethos of Nelson Mandela’s words that drives ABBF’s activities, when he said “sport has the power to change the world…It has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does. Sport can create hope where once there was only despair.”
The 1st Blind Tandem Cycling initiative is clearly inspiring many people & they are all trying to spread the word far & wide to garner more support for this wonderful cause.