During July/August of this year, Deepali & Pushpak will be participating in the long-distance bike ride from Seattle to Portland (STP), which is 206 miles long. Due to the continuing Covid restrictions the traditional outdoor biking event has been replaced with a virtual one where we will be riding indoors, and if permitted, outdoors, to complete the Virtual STP (vSTP) ride (~206 miles with ~5000ft elevation). Deepali is planning to ride the distance in 1 day, whereas Pushpak has the goal of completing the ride in 3 days! The vSTP Challenge runs from July 17th to August 8th 2021. Follow their ride progress on the Love to Ride website here.
Their bigger goal for the vSTP ride is to raise funds and awareness for the charitable organization ‘Asha for Education’ – an organization that began as an effort to provide basic education to underprivileged children throughout India. Asha is currently helping local communities combat the perils of illiteracy, poverty, and exploitation, by providing them with tools and means of empowerment.
Deepali & Pushpak are active volunteers for Asha. Deepali is the Project Steward for the Jan Seva Mandal and the Jeevan Vidya Trust – projects that aim towards supporting tribal youth in their education. In addition, both of them are part of the coordination team for Team Asha Biking program since 2011.
How can you help? You can help by contributing towards their modest goal of raising $850 for the organization. Every dollar you donate will go a long way in making a huge positive impact in lives of underprivileged children. As every year, Deepali and Pushpak have committed to match your contributions dollar-for-dollar, thereby doubling our overall impact!
Today there are many organizations for us to choose from to donate our hard-earned dollars, so Why choose Asha for Education?
Besides their noble cause and work at the grass root levels, Asha is a “minimal overhead” organization, driven by volunteers (including the administrative expenses) ensuring that more than 95% of our donations are sent to their partner groups in India. Asha for Education has consistently secured a 100% rating on Charity Navigator, a well-established database that evaluates non-profit organizations on the basis of transparency, accountability and financial parameters
Click here to learn more about the projects supported by the Asha Seattle chapter, all over India!
Thank You for your time and your donation!!
Note that Asha is a registered 501(c) organization and all donations are tax deductible.