Hi, my name is Gayatri Gundala, and I am 15 years old. I am a rising 10th grader at the International School of Bellevue, and I am passionate about biking for a good cause. This year I have trained hard for a grueling 210-mile bike from Seattle to Portland, with my brother and other friends. I am a part of a nonprofit organization called Junior Asha, which helps young orphan girls in India. I am so glad to be part of this and to raise money to support a good cause.
I am working towards raising funds for Adruta Home, located in Orissa, India. Adruta is an orphanage in India that takes in young girls and nurtures them into strong, independent young women. I have been touched by this firsthand. In 2016, a group of young orphaned girls of manages traveled from Orissa, India to perform a very difficult form of dance, Odissi, here in Seattle, WA, and I went with my family. They performed so well, I was astonished at their determination and hard work. They were so beautiful and so strong and stuck to each other’s sides like sisters. The fact that these girls have a dark past brought tears to my eyes. I thought to myself how I always take things for granted when there are many young girls who have almost nothing. I believe that no child should be left behind without a loving family. That is why I have taken it upon myself to raise as much money for Adruta Girl’s home as possible.
I have been riding the trails of the Pacific Northwest for a couple of months now, and know I am ready to bike for a cause I strongly support. I have been inspired by the girls in India and I worked hard to ride for them. I am kindly requesting that you please sponsor my STP bike ride by donating at least 15 dollars. My goal is to raise at least 500 dollars. Your donation is tax deductible and 100 percent of funds will be matched and sent directly to the orphanage. I will accept any amount because I know that every dollar counts and helps girls have a brighter future. It really means a lot to me, so thank you for donating, as it is the most selfless act.