Nagasreenivasu Akula Rides for the Cheers Foundation (Phenomenex India)

After four years as product manager at Phenomenex, life became a bit predictable—until I received a fateful email from our corporate headquarters. I learned that my company was rallying people to join the London to Paris bike ride, a historic charity event that raises money for various humanitarian efforts. Courageously, I entered my name and was thrilled when they selected me as one of the 10 riders to participate.

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Each rider raises funds for a charity of their choice—mine being the Cheers Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to providing food, shelter, education, and a loving atmosphere for underprivileged children. As a family man, this charity means even more to me when I think about my wife and 2-year-old daughter at home.

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While I was looking for information about cycling stores in the city, I came across Hyderabad Bicycle Club. D.V Manohar, chairman of the club, successfully participated in the grueling London to Paris cycle challenge twice—in 2011 and 2013. Under his guidance, I joined.

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At the moment, I am undergoing extensive training on Saturdays and Sundays. I practice at the Outer Ring Road, which covers a 100 kilometer radius around the city. Waking up early in the morning and riding my bike long distances on the weekends is making me a healthier person. I’m even more energetic and enthusiastic about other daily responsibilities. The opportunity to partake in this charitable event certainly makes me proud.

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Click here to learn more and join me in supporting the Cheers Foundation.

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