The ‘Around the Pearl’ initiative will kick off on 7 April 2016 for the third consecutive year. Over 30 riders both local and international will embark on a 1400 km bicycle ride around Sri Lanka to raise public support and funds for children living with cerebral palsy (CP). The ten-day bicycle tour will take the cyclists to all corners of the country. 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 an initiative conducted in partnership with the Cerebral Palsy Lanka Foundation (CPLF), and WrooM a cycling community. With a new main sponsor Australian Property Consultancy on board the event will get significant publicity amongst the Australian donor community. Land Rover and Access Engineering continue as main sponsors with Linea Aqua as the platinum sponsor, Jetwing Hotels as Hotel Partner, Spinner as Technical Partner and Event Production as the event partner.
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.