Nikki reaches the top of her ‘mountain’
Mum of two, Nikki Lief worked hard to improve her health and fitness in the build up to the India Bike Ride charity trip which she undertook in 2011 for the third time, “What I never realised before was how being fit makes life so much easier! I made a deal with myself; I have decided never to be unfit again!”
“It was wonderful to be able to revisit some projects and also see some new ones. People think that leprosy is something that is dead and gone, but it is actually on the increase in some areas. Seeing the work that LEPRA is doing, in particular preventing disability and empowering women is fantastic.”
Nikki lost weight, improved her health and astounded fellow riders on the trip by flying up hills and in particular one which she calls “my mountain”. Nikki had been dreading the mountain but found, from her increased fitness that she was able to her amazement get to the top, “I realised my body was in such good condition, it felt so good!”
“These trips have made me so much more aware of my own health.What is so great about the LEPRA team is they help whole communities to get involved in health improvement. The use of grain banks in remote villages was something I hadn’t seen before and this really inspired me.”
Together with a LEPRA health education van riders on LEPRA’s annual charity bike ride challenge travel over 500km through the states of Andhra Pradesh and Orissa in India.
LEPRA is looking for more people like Nikki interested in changing their lives and those of others by taking part in next year’s bike ride. Email or call Karen/Lizzie on 01206 216732.
Posted by admin 14:31 23.05.2011
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