Iyappan and Bali
are doing a bicycle ride to raise funds and provide scholarships to 30 children for the Isha Vidhya group of schools
. Each scholarship will provide full educational support (tuition, books, note books, noon day meal, and transport, uniform) for a year.
A similar effort last year - Walking the length of the Kaveri River, 700+ kms, in the heat of summer raised money equivalent to 15 scholarship thanks to the generosity of the sponsors!
Given this background they are looking to raise Rs. 10,00,000 (approx. USD 13,500, GBP 10,250). We would appreciate any amount you could sponsor - from Rs. 100 to a child or multiple children!!
Iyappan and Bali will be cycling to each of the 10 Isha Vidhya schools starting with Aragonda and then onto Dharmapuri, Vanavasi, Erode, Karur, Villupuram, Cuddalore, Thoothukudi, Nagercoil and ending in Coimbatore. (point to point map of the schools - https://goo.gl/maps/XTg5B2cYNiYdHTe76).
The distance for the ride is a wee bit short of 2000 kms with the terrain being a mix of dry flats, hills, river plains, mountains, beachside, hills, mountains…. pretty much everything except snow !
The bicycle ride will start on the 24th of December should be covered in 21 days. For those interested Iyappan and Bali will be sharing short daily updates via the Twitter handle - @Bali98652944
The Isha Vidhya group of schools are located in deep rural belts of Tamil Nadu in South India. Each of the schools serves multiple villages in the nearby areas. A large percentage of children are first generation students. And, many of the students are from poor families.
Isha Vidhya’s English-medium schools open the door for these rural children to prepare for higher studies and to join the workforce. The holistic, activity-based approach of Isha Vidhya’s educational system, nurtures children’s development beyond just academics, ensuring that students realize their full potential and learn in a joyful manner.
This has paid off. We have achieved results of 100% of our students passing their Class 10 and Class 12 for the last 5-6 years.
If you are from UK and would like to avail "Gift Aid", please use this link to make a donation: https://www.totalgiving.co.uk/appeal/IshaVidhya