Breaking from the tradition of a lazy Sunday morning, 24 superheroes of MFF set out for Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on 5th November, 2017 to participate in Saksham Pedal Delhi. It is India’s premiere cyclothon, organized by Petroleum Conservation Research Association (PCRA), a non-profit organization setup in 1978 under the aegis of Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas, Government of India.
Our 24 superheroes took no time to sign up for the event and geared up for the D-day to pedal for the cause of gender equality. While some were concerned about their “jelly legs”, others were sure about finishing the ride under 10 minutes. Jelly legs or not, all our superheroes reached the finish line under 20 minutes, while campaigning for a girl’s #FreedomToPlay.
At MFF, we have been working with young boys and girls and effectively utilizing the medium of sports (including cycling) to overcome gender barriers and make for a level playing field. Our superheroes, while breaking a number of gender stereotypes themselves, also encouraged their fellow riders to do the same.
One of our youngest riders, 17 year old Ankita said, “While it is always fun to cycle, it is even more fun to cycle for a cause, especially when the cause is something as personal as gender equality. As a young person, I am glad to find an organization like MFF, which so ardently believes in and is working towards realizing the potential of youth to bring about gender equality.” We thank all the participants for becoming a part of our cause and extend our heartfelt gratitude towards the organizers of Saksham Pedal Delhi for allowing us this opportunity.