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Srinagar cyclist on 4,500 km trip to raise funds for young footballers in Pune

The entrepreneur from Srinagar is hoping to bring in Rs 3,000 through CSR and crowd funding for every kilometer he completes.

Written by Dipanita Nath | Pune |
Updated: April 13, 2021 1:23:01 am
Salwat Hamrah still has Goa, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka to cover. (Express Photo)

AN ENTREPRENEUR from Srinagar, Salwat Hamrah, is cycling 4,500 km from Kashmir to Kanyakumari to raise funds for a group of children in Pune. He started on March 1 from Srinagar and has covered approximately 2,500 km, riding through Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Daman and Maharashtra. In the next few days, he is expected to ride through Goa, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala.

The children, at the heart of his initiative, are young, underprivileged and dream of playing professional football. They are under the care of The Potter’s Earth Foundation, which runs The Wonder School in Pune, and needs funds for the education and training of the children.

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“The children, who are in Class X, have been playing football for almost four years and are part of various clubs. The two girls are also prospects for the national under-17 team. This group is being coached at an academy run by Ryan Roy Shah, director of sports at The Wonder School. After Ryan came on board, he told the management about these children and their situation. He was wondering if something could be done for them. The school decided to support the education and training of the children. One of the directors of The Potter’s Earth Foundation reached out to Hamrah and requested him to take up the cause of raising money for these children through his cycling expedition,” says Saurabh Sharma, director, legal, commercial & partnerships, The Wonder School.

Every kilometre he covers, is expected to bring Rs 3,000 through CSR (corporate social responsibility) and crowdfunding, among others. The cycling initiative is a part of Hamrah’s endeavour, ‘Hope Monk – K2K’, which promotes a healthy lifestyle that pushes your mental and physical limits, while also giving back to society.

“The second wave of Covid has come as a surprise in the tour. We prefer to stop at small cities instead of big ones. Our route is changing due to the pandemic and we are trying all permutations and combinations of all resources and current situation that we are in,” says Hamrah.

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