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NO CHILD BORN TO DIE!
Every year, on the third Saturday in July, riders from Nepal and all over the world (ok, that sounds glamorous, but riders from different nationalities do participate) gather in Kathmandu (last year we were close to 1500 riders) to ride a personal challenge of 50 km | 75 km and 100 km around Kathmandu Valley. This is now popular as the KATHMANDU KORA, this year on its fifth edition.
Started in 2011, a modest 35 riders challenged themselves and got pledged of around half a million Nepali Rupees for a school and an orphanage in Kathmandu. In its second edition, almost 300 riders turned up and raised close to a million Rs. for upgrading birthing facilities in RUKUM.
In the fourth edition last year, we had close to 1500 riders and over 1.3 m raised to build a birthing facility in Pyutar, Lalitpur.
THE 2015 CAUSE
In 2014, the cause was supporting the build of a birthing facility at Pyutar, Lalitpur. We had hoped to raise 2million Rupees for the build. Unfortunately, as fund-raising is completely voluntary, we managed to raise only 1.3 m. Undeterred, we continued on with out effort to start the build, safe in the confidence that this year, we can continue the fund-raising to cover the difference in costs, and also add a trust fund that is needed for improving the service and the quality of service that the facility will give to the deserving mothers. This year, the target is to raise another 2million rupees for Pyutar, to complete the now started construction, improve on the facilities, upgrade the quality of delivery and have some money to spare to maintain the place. The hashtag stands #2M4Pyutar
The GOAL – TWO MILLION for PYUTAR.
How do we achieve this?
Easy. We register. We share. We talk to people about what we are doing, and get pledges from them for each kilometer we are riding.
The registration form for the Kathmandu Kora Cycling Challenge 2015 is here. Please fill in all fields and read the small print before you press submit. We shall contact you via email (so please make sure that the email is accurate) to confirm your registration.
THERE IS NO FEE FOR PARTICIPATION! You just need to register thats it! IDEALLY, we will ask you to please raise Rs. 100 for each km you ride by asking friends, family, companies to pledge the amount for the BIRTHING FACILITIES we are raising this money for. This is voluntary, and you are not bound to raise this money.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What is a Kora?
A Kora is a circumbulation devotees make around religious sites, usually clockwise.
Q. What is a Kathmandu KORA then?
This is a Kora of Kathmandu, of the three main religious sites of Soyambhunath, Boudha and Pashupatinath. It has that religious significance, but it is also meant to be a circumbulation of the power centre of Nepal – Kathmandu.
Q. When and how did this start?
In 2011, Maxim Jones and Shashank Lama, both 16, took this challenge, in the first ever Kora organised by socialtours and Chain Bikes, and raised awareness amongst the 35 riders and raised close to half a million Rupees in funds that were given to a school and an orphanage in Kathmandu.
2012 was around 300 riders who raised close to Rs. 1m for Rukum.
2013 was around 800 riders who raised close to Rs. 1.7m for Baitadi
2014 was around 1700 riders who raised close to 1.5m for Pyutar
Q. How do I participate?
One can register as a rider and take on the challenge, one can register as a sponsor or pledger and pledge an amount for each rider or just for the cause. Pledges can be made at Rs.100 per kilometre or just an amount.
Q. What do I get out of this?
The pleasure to have participated in something really big, and meaningful, as this will save lives with a very minimal investment and in a fun event.
Q. Do I need my own bike?
Ideally, but you can also hire cycles from different cycle shops in the city. We will put out a list of cycle shops and how many cycles they can spare for the Kora soon.
Q. What is the route?
For the 50k ride: starting from Patan Durbar Square, the route goes to Kirtipur via Chhobar, into Naikap, Behind Soyambhunath, the White Stupa, then to Balaju water gardens, and then Manamaiju, Dhapasi, over the road into Budanilkantha towards Boudha. A lunch stop at Boudha and then its a return towards Patan Durbar Square from behind the airport and Pepsi Cola.
The 75 k and the 100 k have more technical variations of this ride, and of course longer distances.
And no, this is not on the ring road, but just outside of it, through sub-urban Kathmandu. We will end at Patan Durbar Square and then move somewhere for some celebration.
Q. How did Pyutar get selected?
After two years of working in remote areas of Rukum and Baitadi, its time to come closer to Kathmandu. With help from Save the Children, a field visit was made by the TEAM KORA to different VDC’s in southern Lalitpur, which is very remote. Among them, Pyutar showed the most initiative and drive and a need to do something.
This is an important part of making it successful.
Q. I am not a professional cyclist, can I still participate?
Absolutely. This is a personal challenge we have developed on a very easy route, good for novices and also for experts. There will be support staff who will guide you along the way.
Q. Do I need to cycle the whole route or can I shorten it or stop in the middle?
You do not have to ride the entire circuit in case you cannot. The KORA is designed for for the possibility of truncating whenever required. At any point you will be no further than an hour from home, if you live in Kathmandu that is. That is the big advantage of doing a circuit in Kathmandu.
Q. Who can make a pledge or a donation?
Anyone really. The rider, friends and family, a corporate, individuals from abroad. Anyone. Details will come out on the pledging page on our website soon.
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