‘Around the Pearl’ kicks off for the third consecutive year to raise funds for children with cerebral palsy

‘Around the Pearl’ kicks off for the third consecutive year to raise funds for children with cerebral palsy

By Tharushan Fernando

09 Jan, 2016 | 4:39 pm

A press conference held on Friday the 8th of January announced that the ‘Around the Pearl’ initiative will kick off on 7 April 2016 for the third consecutive year with over 30 riders both local and international , who will embark on a 1400 km bicycle ride around Sri Lanka to raise public support and funds for children living with cerebral palsy

All proceeds from the initiative will be donated to the Cerebral Palsy Lanka Foundation (CPLF). ‘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 cycling community.

There will be three events this year in Sri Lanka along with a bicycle ride and a charity dinner in Melbourne to support Wheel for Wheels. The foundation’s goal is to raise funds for wheelchairs as well as to obtain technical expertise and knowledge transfer from the Melbourne CP foundation.

The 10 day ride includes two exciting days of camping which will showcase the beauty of Sri Lanka to the world as a sport tourist destination. The Chalai Challenge, a 112 km off-road race through an uncharted coastal route will target 20 international riders and 50 local riders and will be a new calendar event for Around the Pearl this year.
The Colombo City Charity Ride targeting donors will engage the affluent locals, tourists and non-resident Sri Lankans. During the 10 day ride, 5 Cerebral Palsy Camps have been planned to be conducted which aims to donate over 500 wheelchairs to these living with CP at grassroots level

The 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, Mullaitvue, Jaffna, Mannar, Chilawa and onwards.

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Members of the public will be able join the cyclists and pledge donations by logging on to www.aroundthepearl.lk

What is Cerebral Palsy?

Cerebral palsy (CP) is the term used for a group of non-progressive disorders of movement and posture caused by the abnormal development of, or damage to, motor control centres of the brain. CP is a common physical disability that affects many children and is caused by events before, during or after birth. In Sri Lanka, CP remains a significant health problem and many parents are unable to provide adequate care for children with CP