A ride for a worthy cause
YOGEETA MANGLANI, an ex-pupil of Dubai Modern High School and Emirates International School will cycle the length and breadth of the United States to raise money and awareness for cancer.
Yogeeta, who was born in Dubai, is now a student of John Hopkins University, Baltimore and is also a member of the organisation, Hopkins 4k for Cancer. The initiative for this organisation is to raise money, funds and spirits for those suffering with cancer.
The challenge Yogeeta has bravely accepted involves bicycling over 4 000 miles from Baltimore to San Francisco during the months of May through July this year.
In an effort to complete the ride, she and twenty-four other student volunteers will have to cycle 70 to 110 miles each day.
They hope to raise a bare minimum of $4000 each, which will benefit a number of cancer research and care facilities in the US.
The main beneficiary will be the American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge in Baltimore, an institute which provides temporary residence for cancer patients and their families.
Yogeeta and her friends are regular volunteers at this facility. “The residents at the lodge inspired me to take this challenge,” she told us, “ I want to give something back and also see if I have the inner strength to do this.”
Yogeeta was selected out of numerous applications to be one of the 25 cyclists. “The selection process was in October so, when picked, the riders have time to get to know each other.”
When asked how she felt about undertaking such a mammoth task she said, “The general consensus is that it changes your life. My friends have completed it in previous years, which encouraged me to apply. I can’t wait to experience the rush of seeing the Golden Gate Bridge at the end.”
She also added that, “It’s a great cause that will continue to grow and I am proud to be part of it.”
Yogeeta has fond memories of completing the Terry Fox run in Dubai and hopes this event might one day be as internationally well known.
All the riders rely on private sponsors to reach their targets. If you would like to support Yogeeta’s cause please log on to www.hopkins4k.org and follow the links to donate now. Donations are kindly received all the way up to the end of the challenge in July.