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Laxmi Cares Mountain Bike Rally 2013

Laxmi Cares is a registered NGO established and managed by the staffs of Laxmi Bank. Its major initiative is to encourage people to invest their efforts for the welfare of the community and make a positive impact for the betterment of the environment. Laxmi Cares has been organizing various fund raising and awareness programs over the years.

 

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Similarly, as part of the ‘Ujyaalo Abhiyaan’ campaign under their ‘Go Green’ initiative, the Annual Laxmi Cares Mountain Bike Rally was held on Saturday, April 6th 2013. It was an annual event aimed at creating awareness and raising funds to assist the Ujyaalo Abhiyaan project which aims to light various sites in Nepal with historical, architectural and heritage values.

The registration fee was Rs.1000 for cyclists who brought their own cycles and Rs.1500 for people who hired the cycles through the organizers. Both the costs included a free T-Shirt which was provided to the cyclists on the day of the rally and a brunch at the Gokarna Forest Resort. To our delight, the organizers were kind enough to register four of our team members free of cost. The rally started off at Basantapur Durbar Square escorted by the Traffic Police and guided by the volunteers on frequent intervals. Water stalls were also put up at certain locations and there were emergency ambulance services moving along with the rally participants. The rally offered 2 routes which separated from Gaushala. The first and shorter 15km route saw the participants’ cycle through Gaurighat and reach Gokarna Forest Resort through Mulpani while the second 25kms route was much longer and passed through Kapan with some off road experience for those who wanted the real deal!

 

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The ride ended at the Gokarna Forest Resort where it transformed into a festive setting with music, food and beverage stall and musical concerts by popular band Kutumba and Nima Rumba. Yogeshwor Amatya also made a guest appearance to show his support towards Laxmi Cares. The event attracted 350 cycling participants and some 650 additional friends and families of Laxmi Cares who later joined the event on their own at the Resort. There were people from all walks of life gathered at the event. Some rolled in with friend while some brought along families to enjoy the event. Thoughtfully, the hired cycles could be dropped off at Gokarna Forest Resort and a shuttle service was available from the Gokarna Forest Resort to New Road.

The proceeds of the previous year’s events were utilized to light up Patan Durbar Square and Bagmati Bridge area with Solar Street Lights. But planning for this year is underway and Laxmi Cares will be lighting up a site within Kathmandu which has historic and heritage values.

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