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Saddle up for HEAL

Monday, February 27th, 2012

A SERIES of cycling events across Great Britain, India and the United States are being
planned to raise funds to help lift children out of the poverty trap in India and place them
into education.

The UK-based charity HEAL (Health and Education for All) recently held its third Cycle India
challenge over five days in Kerala, south of Mumbai, and it was such a success that
organisers are already discussing plans to expand their fund-raising efforts.

Cycle India, launched in 2008, is currently held every two years, with riders from India and
USA joining forces with cyclists from the British Isles.

But moves are afoot to introduce a new bike ride for Indian participants on alternate years,
which will turn Cycle India into an annual event, while planning is already in the pipeline
for a Land’s End to John o’Groats cycle challenge.

Talks are also taking place with HEAL USA members to try to get an Amercian version off the
ground in the near future.

Funds are urgently needed for HEAL’s latest, and most ambitious project to date, the
Paradise Village in Thotapally, Andhra Pradesh, which will become home to 1,000 orphaned and
disadvantaged children over the next two years.

HEAL founder Dr Satya Prasad visited the Paradise construction site with Cycle India 2012
particpants and was excited by the early progress on phase one of the building work.

“Planning for Cycle India 2014 is already well advanced, with a 450km coastal ride from Mumbai to Goa already agreed, and the cyclists will have the opportunity to visit with the children at the Paradise Village and the HEAL Children’s Village in Guntur afterwards,” said Dr Prasad.

“We already have a number of people from the UK signed up for 2014, but I’m pleased to say
that Indian participants will have their own Cycle India every other year from now on, which
means that it will now become an annual event.”

HEAL India’s Anita Rao will be part of the organising group for next year’s inaugural
India-based challenge and hopes to attract a large number of young riders.

“UK cyclists will also be welcome to take part,” says Anita, “but I think it will be
largely for the younger generation in India.

“Most young people are naturally fit, though not always through regular exercise, and I
think it will be amazing to see how they perform in our cycling challenge. I’m looking
forward to being actively invloved with this new event.”

In the UK, volunteers are being sought to assist in developing a regional bike ride later
this year as a forerunner to the first full cycle from Land’s End to John o’Groats next

Matthew Glover, head of UK fundraising for HEAL, has been the driving force behind Cycle
India, which has raised over £200,000 to date.

“Cycle India has become Heal’s single biggest fundraising event,” said Matthew. “As well as
raising a large amount of money, the events have spread a lot of happiness to the
participants, children at the HEAL projects and the people of India.

“Cycle India is an opportunity for people to get fit, take part in a life-changing
experience in a beautiful part of the world while doing something very worthwhile for
orphaned and underprivileged children in India.”

To find out more, or to register your interest in taking part in any of HEAL’s forthcoming
fundraising events, please go to the home page of our website at
Pictures courtesy of Kalypso Adventures

Cycling and Charity go together

Monday, April 5th, 2010

The following is from an article written in the Hindu Newspaper in India about our recent Cycle India event in January 2010:

HYDERABAD: While motorists whizzed along the wide road abutting Kasu Brahmananda Reddy Park in Jubilee Hills, a motley group of bicyclists made their way along the road’s fringes on Saturday morning. Cycling for a cause, the group included members from the United Kingdom, United States of America, India and City Police Commissioner B. Prasada Rao, who joyfully pedalled with the cyclists.

Conducted by Heal, a U.K.-based charity organisation, funds raised from the cycle rally would go towards construction of a selfsustaining model village at a 25-acre site, 15 kilometres off Gannavaram, near Vijayawada.

‘Paradise’, as it would be known, will house a residential school for 1,000 orphan and destitute children and all facilities that come with it. “It would have classes right from nursery to junior college level,” said K. Satya Prasad, founder of Heal UK.

“Materials used for construction of the village will be generated from waste. We plan to make the village self- sustaining and we will
harness solar and wind energies. Apart from collecting rain water, we will treat waste water in sewerage treatment plant for recycling purposes,” Dr. Prasad said during the cycle rally.

“We want to demonstrate we can enjoy life without causing any damage to the environment.”

“Through this cycle rally we also want to create awareness about the benefits of cycling and pedestrian and cyclist rights,” he said.

“This is the second time I am participating in this rally by Heal. If they do it again, I will come back,” said John Goldie, a cyclist from
U.K. “People here are friendly and caring. I am taken in by the scenery in rural India.”

Project cost Rs. 15 cr.

The cycle rally was one way of raising funds for the project estimated to cost over Rs. 15 crore.

The bicyclists who came from all walks of life had to shell out Rs. 2 lakh towards participation charges. The team had been cycling in
different parts of the country from the beginning of the year and the rally concluded in the city.

You can view the original article at:

Cycle India 2008 Update

Saturday, March 7th, 2009

Archive 2007

The plans for Heal’s most ambitious fundraising event – Cycle India 2008 – are taking shape.

As of 18th September, 2007, we have 22 UK participants signed up for the 220 mile bike ride through Andhra Pradesh, although there is still space for two or three more daring individuals to add their names.

In June 2008, Dr Koneru Prasad (Founder), Mr Carl Brodie (Chairman) and Matthew Glover (Head of Fundraising) flew out to Andhra Pradesh to plan the route and make the necessary arrangements. There is real excitement from the locals of the region with a number of Indian cyclists taking part and helping with the organisation of the event.

The adventure includes a boat trip down the picturesque Godavari river, 4 days cycling through scenic coastal areas and then two days meeting the children at the Heal Children’s Village in Guntur.

The cyclists are currently getting fit and trying very hard to raise the minimum £2500 sponsorship figure.

If you are interested in taking part or helping our Cycle India project in any way please contact

Appeal for cyclists

Friday, March 6th, 2009

Archive from 2007

Appeal for cyclists 
Three of the cyclists taking part in Cycle India make an appeal on Youtube for more participants.

The video was organised by Matthew Glover, head of fundraising, and organiser of the charity bike ride.

There are currently 22 cyclists signed up for this once in a lifetime opportunity, but there are still a few spare places.

If you are interested in getting fit, helping our charity and fancy a real challenge contact for more information.

Please note – this is an archived news item, but we are now working on a repeat performance Cycle India 2010.  Please look at the Cycle India section of this website for more detail!

New Heal Website

Saturday, February 21st, 2009

We’ve been working hard creating a new Heal website along with the extremely generous efforts of our new website designers – Motionlab.  A very big thank you to Steve and the team for all your efforts in helping create such a fantastic new home for all our news about Heal, our projects and most importantly our children.

We’ve got a more modern looking website now, and crucially we have the use of the CMS (content management system) which allows us to keep the website more up to date than we’ve been able to in the past.  There’s also a blog (which is what you are reading now) which allows us to create interesting new stories and share them with the rest of the world far quicker and easier.

There’s also going to be an easier way for people to sign up for our exciting charity bike ride – Cycle India – by using our Sign Up Now form.

We hope you enjoy our new website and please get in touch if you have any suggestions or comments.