Three years ago when Sampath Ramanujam, Founder of Anvaya Foundation travelled to Kaiwara, along with his family, he met two girls who were playing happily with a fully damaged cycle with no bell, no brake and not even a seat. It was then that he realised that around 30 to 40 cycles were lying unused in each block of his apartment.
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That incident inspired Anvaya Foundation team to come up with the concept of “Freedom Pedals”. He along with others started an initiative to make use of these cycles.
For the past three years, they have been collecting unused cycles from across Bengaluru and distribute them to underprivileged government school students. Anvaya Foundation takes care of transportation and repair.
This year they have confirmed 150+ cycles so far and counting. The first 50 cycles are now transported, serviced and distributed in K Dommasandra Government School in a function held on September 8th which was attended by MLA Arvind Limbavali, according to a press release.
“There are many volunteers and convenors working across Bengaluru for this selfless effort. Girish Kumar an active convenor of Marathalli area and lead for 2017-18, Sridevi Shetty convenor for Whitefield, Devan Kunwar convenor for KR Puram, Jeetu Naman and Deeya Narang from Round Table India and Vivek Ramachandran Convenor for Kadugodi. They have contributed to a great extent in our effort,” Sampath Ramanujam said in the press release.
Venkataramaiah, Principal for K Dommansandra Government School has provided tremendous support in executing it on ground.
The next cycle distribution function will be organised at Seegehalli Government School on September 23rd.
If you have an unused cycle and wish to donate, please call Anvaya Foundation on 9663033699. Be Good, Do Good!
About Anvaya Foundation
Anvaya means “concerned with,” “cause and effect.” The organisation is deeply concerned about the cause and effect of happenings around. Anvaya Foundation is the result of a strong belief that concerned minds and helping hands are the best tools to enrich our society.
For the last 3.6 years, the team has worked on providing education, inculcate ethics, commitment and dedication for the betterment of society, thus connecting concerned minds to build a strong and valued society.
Other initiatives of this Foundation are:
LIGHT FOR LIFE: Fees support for the high scored underprivileged students.
HAPPY SCHOOLS: Providing white uniforms, white shoes, school bags, note books and stationeries to the government school students in village limits.
JOY OF GIVING: Supporting orphanages and old age homes for their basic needs throughout year.
ANVAYA YOUTH CLUB: Youth club members from colleges and schools are conducting tuitions for orphaned children and awareness sessions in government schools and villages.
ANVAYA SHAKTI SANGH: Women empowerment projects for the financial independence of village women.