Mangaluru: Addressing media persons during a press meet held at Mangalore Press Club, Narendra Nayak-Co-ordinator of the Cycle rally said, ” SvastiRxlife Trust, is a registered Charitable Trust based in Mannagudda Mangalore. It promotes activities and events to empower children and women. One of the annual events is the Cycle Rally being held on the first Sunday of December every year since 2007. The ninth Annual Rxlife Hercules Cycle Rally would be flagged off from Lady Hill Circle at 6.30 A.M. on Sunday, the 6th of December, 2015. The Rally will be inaugurated by Sri S. MuruganIPS-Commissioner of Police, Mangaluru”.
“The Rally would cover a distance of 21Kms. Passing through Bejai, Malemar, Kuloor,Panambur, Kottara – Urvastore – Ashoknagar – Hoigebail –Sulthan Batteri and concludes at Amrita Vidyalayam School Grounds, Boloor around 9.30 A.M. This Mass Cycle Rally, unique to Mangalore started with 240 riders in the year 2007. Over the past eight years this non-commercial, non-competitive event being organised in public interest has been well patronaged by Mangaloreans. More than 2200 riders participated in last year’s Cycle Rally. Numbers this year is expected cross this mark” added Nayak…
Also speaking during the meet, Dr Gayathri- a trustee of Svasti Rx Life Trust said, “The Rally has succeeded in evoking keen interest in Cycling, which apart from being a common man’s mode of transport is also a widely acclaimed fitness routine. Amongst children, cycling inculcates basic riding reflexes, road sense, spirit of adventure and the thrill of balancing on wheels. The focus this time is ROAD SAFETY. The punch line is ‘Safe Roads, Safer Rides’, All the hoardings propagate road safety slogans like ‘Learn to let go’, ‘Keep left’, ‘Keep pedalling, you will find your way’, etc.”
Vandana Nayak- one more trustee said, ” Every participant has to enrol and get a Rider Identity Number Card (RINo. Card) and Cycle Identity Tag. The enrolment can be made at RXLIFE centres in Mannagudda (2457192) or Pandeshwar (9986754875). Anyone aged above 10 years can participate in the rally. To ensure smooth functioning of the Rally last day for enrolment is fixed as 4th December. Both the centres are open from 6.00 A.M. to 9.00 P.M. on all days”.
Very good arrangements have been made by the organizers- A pilot jeep would lead the rally. An ambulance with Team of Doctors from KSHEMA would follow. Ambulance from Infosys would be on call. Cycle Rescue Vans would attend break down calls. Water points, orange points, dry fruits points would be arranged on the way. Rangers on two-wheelers would guide the riders. Breakfast will be served at the closing venue. For Basic life saving skills- a practical hands on Basic lifesaving Skills (cardio pulmonary resuscitation) will be demonstrated by the doctors of Indian Society of Anaesthesiology (ISA) and Indian Medical Association (IMA) in association with KSHEMA and Tech2people Healthcare.
Various volunteers, like Members of YHAI, Team Mangalore, Rxlife Family, SICASA – C.A. Students Association , Mangalore Bicycle Club, and many other organisations are volunteering to facilitate a smooth rally. Mangalore City Police and Traffic Police Division of the City and Suratkal would ensure traffic management. Remember, this is not a Race or Competition. But to encourage participation, five cycles are given away as prizes for lucky riders.
Also as part of this event a “A PHOTO CONTEST” has been organized :
A photography contest would be held during the rally. It is open to all. The theme is “Riding together”. The photo has to be clicked during the Rally (between 6 a.m. to 10 a.m.) One can send 3 photographs. No entry fee. Three prizes ofRs. 3,000, Rs. 2,000 and Rs. 1,000 will be given to winners.Entries to be mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, before 10th December 2015. Results will be announced on 20th December 2015.
The Rally also intends to impress uponthe local administration to take Road Safety measures like foot Path, Zebra cross for pedestrians, Two wheeler Lanes, Bus stops, service roads and pothole free riding roads. It is the dream of every participant to cycle on the Tannirbavi stretch crossing over the hanging bridge at Sultan Batteri. Hope it will materialise.
For more details contact : Dr Gayathri- 9448467181 or Vandana Nayak-9986754875