Update on Umeed1000

On Children’s Day, actress Tamannaah Bhatia flagged off Umeed from Mumbai. Umeed is a 1000km cycling tour from Mumbai to Bengaluru by Jasmeet Gandhi, Partner Business Evangelist at Microsoft, to create awareness about retinoblastoma, a childhood eye cancer and raise funds for Iksha Foundation, a not-for-profit organization that help children with retinoblastoma. Enroute to Bengaluru, the tour stops at Pune, Satara, Kholapur, Belagavi, Hubballi, Davangere, Chitradurga and  Tumakuru.

On rest day in Belagavi, an eye camp was organised for primary school children and high school children for a blind school were given Braille watches as a part of Umeed 1000. The tour was flagged of by MP Sri Prabhakar Kore and IGP Baskhar Rao, they also cycled with Jasmeet for a few kilometres.

The ride culminates in Bengaluru on 23rd November where the cyclist will be welcomed by singer-actress Vasundara Das, Dr Bhujang Shetty, Chairman of Narayana Nethralaya, children who have battled with retinoblastoma supported by Iksha Foundation and their families, friends in the press, project sponsors and well wishers.
 
Iksha Foundation has partnered with Narayana Nethralaya and Mazumdar Shaw Cancer Center in Narayana Health to get the best available treatment at the most cost effective rates. Dr. K Bhujang Shetty would like to see every child obtain the best treatment and ease the suffering caused to the child and family by childhood eye cancers. He says, “With the help     of Iksha Foundation, Narayana Nethralaya has been able to ensure that all affected children are financially supported through their diagnosis and treatment. No child with eye cancer will be turned away for want of finances.”