All For a good cause

AP

Adam Gilchrist (in pic) is known for his lusty hitting. This year his big hits, apart from helping his team Deccan Chargers, will also bring value addition. His sixes in the IPL will not only enthral fans, but 25 of them will also help fund modified bikes for children with disabilities.

Each time Gilchrist sends the ball over the ropes, a disabled child will receive a modified bike through the Amway Freedom Wheels Programme. Amway runs the programme in partnership with the Technical Aid to the Disabled (TAD).

“Every bike is modified to suit the individual child. This allows children with disabilities to enjoy riding a bike — often for the first time in their lives,” Amway says in a statement.

Being a father, Gilchrist says, he could relate to a child’s joy on getting a bike and would try his best to hit as many shots over the fence. “As a father of three kids, I know how much fun riding a bike can be for a child. Now, every six I hit means a smile on a child’s face,” the former Australian wicketkeeper says. “I want to clear the boundary as often as I can.”

Compiled by K. Keerthivasan