NDTV (27 October 2013)
of Harley Davidsons rarely need an excuse to go for a ride on their
mean machines, but in Bangalore on Sunday morning, it was all for
a good cause. Members of the Harley Owners Group or HOGs rode 50 kilometres
for the Smile Foundation.
Shivraj Holla of the Foundation said, "This is a cause-related
ride where all the HOGs have come forward to do something like giving
back to the society. When there is so much inequality around us, it
becomes the responsibility of people who have to help the needy. Through
this ride, HOGs have come forward to raise resources and sensitise
people to the importance of education."
Vijay Kumar, one of the organisers and a Harley rider said, "There
are so many underprivileged children in the country. Smile is a good
organisation where children are taken care of. We can't do things
directly, so a foundation like Smile can really help the children
get educated and come up in life."
The children did not go along for the ride between Lavelle Road in
the heart of Bangalore to Nandi Hills north of the city. They, however,
got up close and personal with the bikes before they took off - and
they were certainly impressed with the powerful machines.
Young Abraham said, "I like the bikes, and I like to ride on
the bikes. When I grow up I would like to start a bike company."
Vignesh, a student from Jnanaprakasham
school was taken aback by the price tag of the bike. "This bike
is so costly. It cost 25 lakhs. I want to study more, and I want to
get like this bike. I want to become manager of this bike."
These dream machines and their
riders can help those dreams become a reality by helping raise money.