Umeed 1000K : Ride for a Cause
How often do we spend time doing something for others selflessly…..
A wide range of research has linked different forms of generosity to better health, even among the sick and elderly. Giving to others gives an inner happiness to one while also improving health. That is precisely how Jasmeet Singh Gandhi, a cycling enthusiast and a core team member heading sales and enterprise solutions at GOQii has combined his love for adventure with that of doing good in the society and in the process keeps himself healthy.
Passionate about supporting social causes especially in the areas of education and healthcare, Jasmeet started UMEED1000k, a Cyclothon concept to combine his passion for cycling and social cause. Jasmeet explains, “Umeeed means hope and Umeed 1000k is an annual cycling event where a team rides 1000kms to raise awareness and funds for a chosen cause”
The designer, initiator, and custodian of Umeed 1000K has in the last two years raised over Rs 2 crore to support the various cause by organizing and participating in various social events.
In his third year of Umeed1000k, he is going to ride along with three other riders from Mumbai to Hyderabad in a span of 9 days and aims to collect funds to support Udbhav School, in Hyderabad, with 630+ students till class X. The school provides holistic education to underprivileged children coming from urban slums, with a focus on girl children. The school is managed by the IIM-A Alumni Association. The association intends to set up 7 such across the country.
These children come from families whose average income is Rs 6000 per month and their school feels are Rs 100 to Rs 150 per month. Kids from this school are achievers and have been performing very well in sports. For instance Bhargavi, a student won third prize in All India National Junior Athletics (Running) Competition at Delhi. She has been selected for Asian Games and will be representing India in the year 2018. Similarly, Durga Prasad and Gautham secured 11thand 18th rank in India International Regatta out of total 104 participated from different countries –Dubai, Singapore, UAE, Turkraine, England, Ireland, and Thailand along with few other Indians in this competition.
So far Jasmeet has been able to raise close to Rs 2 lakh for helping a girl child achieve her dreams but he has a long way to go yet. For every donation you make RBL Bank will match that donation for this cause. Here is the donation link: https://www.ketto.org/fundraiser/umeed?utm_source=internal&utm_medium=fbpageshare&utm_campaign=umeed
Prior to raising funds for Udbhav School, Jasmeet did his first ride as part of Umeed1000k in November 2014 from Mumbai to Bengaluru in support of Iksha Foundation, Bangalore to provide for free surgeries to kids affected by eye cancer.(Retinoblastoma) and raised 2.5 million INR.
In December 2015 he cycled from Mumbai to Delhi in support of IIMPACT to provide free primary education to girl children in remote villages. He raised 13.7 million INR for this cause.
It’s not just about doing philanthropy but, much more than that. Giving to others has been shown to increase health benefits in people with chronic illness, including cancer and multiple sclerosis. The one reason giving may improve physical health and longevity is that it helps decrease stress, which is associated with a variety of health problems. Giving to others gives an inner happiness to one.