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Twenty business leaders to ride ‘Around the Pearl’

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The ‘Around the Pearl’ initiative kicked off today for the second consecutive year with 20 business leaders embarking on a 1400km bicycle ride around Sri Lanka to raise public support and funds for children affected by cerebral palsy (CP).

The ten-day bicycle tour commencing tomorrow will take the cyclists to all corners of the country while all proceeds from the initiative will be donated to the Cerebral Palsy Lanka Foundation (CPLF). Cyclists participating in the ‘Around the Pearl’ initiative this year include leading business professionals Ajith Fernando, Yasas Hewage and Sarinda Unamboowe.

‘Around the Pearl’ is an initiative by ‘Wheels for Wheels’ which is conducted in partnership with the Cerebral Palsy Lanka Foundation (CPLF) and WrooM – a project that promotes cycling as an alternative mode of transport and increases awareness of public road safety rules. The 20 cyclists will travel the perimeter of the entire island and their journey will take them from the city of Colombo to Galle, Negombo, Mirissa, Batticaloa, Trincomalee, Kilinochchi, Jaffna, Vavuniya, Anuradhapura and onwards.

During the course of the journey, members of the public will be able to follow the cyclists and pledge donations by logging on to www.aroundthepearl.lk.

Last year, the ‘initiative raised funds for 1000 wheelchairs, and throughout this year’s journey, some of these wheelchairs will be donated to children in need across the country. Additionally, special camps to raise awareness about cerebral palsy will be conducted in Galle, Batticaloa and Colombo. As the cyclists travel across the island, they’ll also conduct special WrooM cycling and road safety sessions for members of the local community.

Last modified on Thursday, 09 April 2015 18:47

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