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Hundreds Get on Their Bikes to ‘Cycle 4 Sewa’
Monday 28th September 2015 @ 16:15 by Tom Greggan
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Members of the local Indian community have held a ‘Cycle for Sewa’ event to raise money for the Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund.

‘Sewa’ is a Sanskrit word meaning ‘selfless service’.

ON YOUR MARKS: Participants prepare to Cycle 4 Sewa

ON YOUR MARKS: Participants prepare to Cycle 4 Sewa

A representative of the Sewa UK North Co-Ordinating Team said: “This is the second year that we have done this here at Tameside Cycle Circuit (on Richmond Street, Ashton) and the aim is to raise funds.

“We raise as much as we can and then donate the money to a particular cause. So this time we decided any money we raised this year will be donated to the Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund.”

A lap count was held for two hours to see who could cycle the furthest and a team event was also held later in the day.

TEAM TRIAL: Three teams went head-to-head in the afternoon.

TEAM TRIAL: Three teams went head-to-head in the afternoon.

The Sewa UK representative said: “We started with about 200 people; children, grown-ups as well as teenagers, so all ages were included. We’ve had a lot of fun.

“The idea was to encourage children to get involved with community activities and thereby, without them realising, do something for a good cause.

“Next year we hope to have double the number of participants!”

Participants have until 30th September to collect their sponsorship money. So far, £2100 has been raised with more sponsorship money still to be counted.

ALL SMILES: The red team came out victorious.

ALL SMILES: The red team came out victorious.