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Nigeria’s first ever Bike-A-Thon race pedals off in Lagos

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As part of programmes to commemorate the annual World Polio day on October 24 and create awareness on the deadly polio scourge responsible for scores of child mortality cases annually in Nigeria.

Rotary international in Nigeria has concluded plans to host the nation’s first ever Bike-A-Thon ride on  Saturday October 19, 2013.

The one-day programme is a fun cycling ride designed to generate interest, increase awareness and raise funds for activities towards total eradication of polio disease which is endemic in Nigeria.( especially in the North.)

Nigeria currently remains one of the three (most) polio-endemic countries globally, alongside Afghanistan and Pakistan.

According to Dr Tunji Funsho, Chairman, Nigeria National Polio Plus Committee, “Rotary has committed itself to join forces with other partners to champion the efforts to eradicate ( war against)polio in Nigeria. It is therefore partnering with Cycology, a foremost cycling club in Lagos for this year’s campaign and aims to draw attention of policy makers and everyone to this important issue. It will also strive to raise funds to contribute to the  $500million required for the total eradication of polio in Nigeria alone.

Prominent personalities and other Nigerians from all walks of life  including Rotary Polio Ambassador, popular Nollywood actress  Funke Akndele will join global figures in the likes of Bill Gates, Desmond Tutu, Isabella Fontana, Donnie Yen, Jackie Chan and many others in creating awareness for Polio in a fun and practical way

Dr Funsho ?announced that, “The programme is billed to kick off 7a.m around the Lekki axis in Lagos and will feature registered participants including Rotary club members, Cycology riding club members and others in a 5km, 10km and 50km exhibition ride aimed at tackling polio disease. It will also feature a variety of activities including cycling stunts, colourful displays and other physical demonstrations.”

He noted that the Bike-A-Thon route will begin at the registration point at Divine Mercy Catholic Church, Lekki Phase One and follow a designated route for the exhibition ride while registration of participants will start by 6am at the same venue. After registering, the riders will choose from a variety of different distances ranging from a 5-km trip to a 50-km loop. The ride is to be completed between 7am and 10am. The event will be followed by a closing ceremony which will feature other activities like guest lecture on Polio and certificate presentations to participants.

He added: Registration is required and can be done online i or at kick off point. The entry fee is N5000.  Numerous multinationals and admirable brands have pledged to support the first ever Bike-A-Thon event in Nigeria.

Rotary Nigeria is part of the Rotary International, a worldwide network of over 1.2million inspired people committed to translating their passions into relevant social causes to change lives in communities


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