Hyderabad: Actor-producer Manchu Lakshmi on Sunday undertook a 100-km bicycle ride on Sunday from here to Toopran and back to raise ₹13 lakh for para-athletes at Aditya Mehta Foundation (AMF).
IT Principal Secretary Jayesh Ranjan flagged off the ride from Infinity Para-Sports Academy and Rehab Centre at Rasoolpura at 5 a.m. and she was received back at the same venue by para-athletes of AMF around 11.30 a.m. She was joined in the ride by Indian para-cycling team and a few other cyclists.
Ms. Manchu underwent rigorous training for the purpose under the guidance of Aditya Mehta, a certified cycling coach, to fulfil her dream of pedalling 100 km on bicycle. Her training sessions were spread over the past month without a break. She cycled 30 to 50 km on flat, slopy and hilly terrains.
She had set a target of Rs. 5 lakh but raised Rs6 lakh. The remaining Rs. 7 lakh came from donors.
AMF is a non-profit organization that aids people with disabilities to pursue sports while providing self-sustenance.