A 25-YEAR DREAM OF CYCLING THE LENGTH OF INDIA STARTS NOW
We got this email from Dr Unni Karunakaran,
I am raising money to support Doctors Without Borders medical programs in 70 Countries, including 8 projects in India.
On the 12th of October, I embarked on a cycle ride that I have been wanting to do for 25 years. After giving a talk at the Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences to more than 100 doctors and medical students on The Medical Humanitarian Aid: The Doctors Without Borders Experience, I started pedalling from Srinagar in Kashmir towards Thiruvananthapuram in Kerela, a distance of over 5000 kilometres. I will ride through 10 states and be on the road for 100 days, making 65 stops and speaking to medical students at 10 medical colleges, conducting Q&As at 9 film screenings of Doctors Without Borders films hosted by Alliance Française, and meeting with cycling groups across the country.
After spending almost 20 years in international health and as a medical humanitarian worker, I decided to take time off to pause, reflect, and hop on a cycle to meet and talk to people along my bike route about health. I want to collect their thoughts, hear their voices, learn about their concerns, and share my stories from Brazil to the Congo, and debate how to improve access to quality health care.When I started planning this bike tour-of-a-lifetime, my impulse was to immediately use this opportunity to raise awareness about one of the organizations that I hold dear to my heart, the one that I have been associated with since 1995 – Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). Along the way, I will be joined by friends, including economist Jo Puri, Canadian Olympic silver medalist, bob sledder Helen Upperton, Indian poet and author Jeet Thayil, Dr Matt Spitzer, former MSF USA Board president and actor Jordana Spiro, to name a few.
Some of you may know my thoughts on design and function, therefore I am particularly happy to do this tour on a custom-made Schindelhauer bicycle. So, as I ride kilometer to kilometer, I ask you to consider supporting my journey to connect with people across India by making a donation to MSF, which will support the incredible work of 35,000 MSF staff attending to the sick in nearly 70 countries around the world.
SPONSOR my bike ride to support medical programs in 70 countries around the world, including eight projects in India:
Join me in my madcap adventure. I will be writing blogs, posting on FB, tweeting, and uploading pictures.
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Thank you for your interest in following my cycling tour and supporting MSF.