The Infinity Ride is our signature fund raising event for each year. We build a team of riders led by Aditya Mehta, who act as fund raisers for the Foundation while riding their bicycles over long distances between Indian cities. The riders aim to raise in excess of Rs.3Lakhs each for the cause. They use their contacts and social media presence to raise funds for the Foundation, while experiencing an adventure that sticks with them for a lifetime. This event gets a lot of media coverage, as we are accompanied by many celebrities as well as para-athletes.
In previous years, we have ridden from Bangalore to Hyderabad, and from Manali to Khardung La on our Infinity Rides. The funds raised were vital in ensuring the continuity of our Foundation and its work. This year, the Infinity Ride travels from Hyderabad to Tirupati. The ride takes place in between August 9th and 15th, with 9th being a grand departure from Hyderabad, and 15th, a grand welcome in Tirupati.
Infinity Rides always see a huge number of celebrities. Fashion Designer Shilpa Reddy and Actress Regina Cassandra, who are trustees of the Foundation, always ride with the team of riders. Other than them, major stars such as Rana Daggubatti, Nagaraju and Amala Akkineni, Lakshmi Manchu, Shriya Saran, Tejaswi and Sanjjana have been a part of our rides. Infinity Ride 2015 saw Shri Nara Lokesh join us on a bicycle. Infinity Ride 2016 was flagged off by Shri Acharya Dev Vrat, Governor of Himachal Pradesh; and was flagged in by Shri Kiren Rijiju, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs of India.
At the Aditya Mehta Foundation, we strive to make our beneficiaries earn their own dignity through sport. Our goal is to put the Indian Flag on top of every other flag at the Paralympics, and our athletes train tirelessly for the same. We appreciate any support that you can provide for us to increase the scope of our operations, and positively impact more lives.
Why support AMF?
India has a huge population of disabled people who are not just marginalized but have no social recognition. We seldom find a differently abled person in a supermarket, in buses or on busy roads. This is because not all the public places are disabled-friendly.
Not only is it difficult for an able bodied active person to suddenly cope with a new lifestyle, we as a society do not make it any better. To instill confidence and courage and make them feel not just better, but the best, is what AMF all about. This is done by helping them make the most of what they have and not make them think about what they do not have. Sport brings good health, regains confidence and helps you have a goal with a spirit of achievement.
We have supported 150+ physically challenged persons with prosthetic limbs, sporting equipment and sponsorships which cost anywhere between Rs.40,000 to Rs. 5,00,000 per person. Through the funds raised from the Infinity Ride 2017, we aim to support 100 more athletes, and train them to win laurels for the country at the 2020 Paralympics.
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