Jen Murphy Talks about Chhimi Gurung of Dawn Till Dusk and his charity work to distribute bicycles to the needy families in kathmandu valley. Here is an excerpt.
"Chhimi Urken Gurung is the president of the Nepal Cycling Association and managing director of Dawn Till Dusk, the first mountain bike company in the country run by professional Nepali mountain bikers. He has been working with the US-based charity Wheels for Life, to donate and distribute bikes to people who need wheels to get to work or transport their wares to the market. In September, they donated 50 bikes to farmers and shop-keepers from the earthquake-ravaged towns of Bhaktapur and Sankhu.
Gurung hopes the growing interest in mountain biking, both at home and abroad, will create career opportunities for the youth of Nepal. “If mountain biking continues to take off it could lead to lucrative jobs for young Nepali athletes and also provide them the chance to travel. The majority of Nepalese can’t get a visa to travel to most of the first world countries, but our national level riders are traveling the world to compete.”
Dawn Till Dusk also takes underprivileged youth and teaches them biking and mechanical skills and in some instances, even provides them with housing. Over the past four years, the boys and girls they sponsor have started to compete in – and dominate – international mountain biking events such as Cape Epic and the Asian Games. Races such as Yak Attack and Yak Ru have started to improve the level of Nepal’s homegrown talent so that they can compete with international racers."