Hyderabad: You must have seen several cycling volunteers delivering medicines, essentials and groceries to households in the city during the tough times of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Well, these cycling volunteers are all from the group Relief Riders India – which is now nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.
Started by Sathya Shankaran, Bicycle Mayor of Bangalore, the Relief Riders group is now prominently present in 12 cities in India. “Soon after Sathya had started the group in Bangalore, within a day or two, we cycling groups in Hyderabad also came together to start another wing in Hyderabad. And with time over 12 cities in the country participated in the activity,” shares Santhana Selvan, who started Relief Riders Hyderabad.
The Bicycle Mayor of Hyderabad, Santhana Selvan also mentions that Hyderabad has been one of the majorly contributing cities to the cause.
“In a total of around 750 volunteers around India, there were close to 300 volunteers from Hyderabad alone. We have been active throughout the pandemic and are still managing to do social works like blood donation drives etc while pedalling the cycles,” Selvan mentions.
Selvan says he is truly elated to hear the news that the group is nominated for Nobel. “But I guess our volunteers have already been awarded for their selfless works. Many of us receive calls from the elderly people that we served during the pandemic – they bless us wholeheartedly and simply share about how much our help meant to them. I think hearing such words from them is really a big award that any social worker can get,” Selvan shares.
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