New Delhi, The international medical humanitarian organisation Doctors Without Borders/ Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) India, organised a one day cycling event “Cycle For MSF” on Sunday at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi. The event supported by Firefox Bicycles, Delhi Dynamos Football Club (DDFC) saw over 26 teams register and cycle around the national capital as part of the ‘Centurion Challenge’.
“Cycle For MSF wants to build a strong and diverse community of MSF supporters who cycle together to create awareness and help raise funds for MSF. This annual ride aims to create a sense of solidarity among people with MSF and its humanitarian mission,” said Martin Sloot, General Director, MSF India.
Sunday’s event also had another challenge, ‘Mission Brain Bucket’ specifically targeting school children. Over 800 students from 10 schools across the NCR region participated in school art workshops conducted as a run up to the event. The workshops saw the children draw their versions of ‘Dr. Brain Bucket’.Somee of them rode at the event and completed the mission, aimed at simulating the steps taken by a doctor on a humanitarian mission.
Shiv Inder Singh, Managing Director, Firefox Bikes said “Our partnership gives us a great opportunity of showing our solidarity with MSF and upholding their cause of providing healthcare to the needy all over the world. Cycle for MSF is an altruistic and brilliant biking experience to raise funds for MSF and is in tandem with our mantra of cycling for a healthy cause.”
“Cycle for MSF is a noble effort and we are proud to be supporting this initiative of raising funds for saving lives.Cycling is a great way to stay healthy and I am doing my bit for the society by standing up for this cause,” said DDFC footballer Wim Raymaekers.
Munmun Lugun, Naoba Singh, Gustavo Santos, Manish Bhargav and Henrique Dinis from DDFC were also present at the event.
Doctors without Borders / Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international medical humanitarian organisation that delivers emergency aid in more than 70 countries around the world to people affected by wars, epidemics and disasters, and to people who are unable to access much-needed medical care.
We believe that everyone should have access to healthcare, and we help people irrespective of their race, religion, gender or political affiliations. We do not take sides in any conflict, but go where the needs are greatest.
MSF has worked in India since 1999, providing free-of-charge essential healthcare to people in remote areas, and specialist care for people affected by HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, Drug resistant tuberculosis, kala azar and malnutrition. We also respond to natural disasters and other emergencies, provide mental healthcare, and lobby for the development of more effective and cheaper medicines to improve access to treatment for people everywhere.
MSF currently runs projects in the states of Bihar, Manipur, Maharashtra, Jammu & Kashmir, Chhattisgarh and Telangana.
In 1996, MSF received the Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development, and in 1999 MSF was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.