Differently-abled wants to spread message of peace

Himalayan News Service

Kathmandu, January 27:

Amar Rai, a 35-year-old wheelchair racing champion, is making preparations to spread Buddha’s message of peace across SAARC nations. If all goes well, he will embark on the journey on February 12.

He has advocate Rajesh Kumar Bista to help him reach his destination. The Ministry of Women, Children and Social Welfare has assured him of assistance. Rai is organising a press conference on Saturday to collect donations. Rai, who hails from Bahundangi VDC-1 Jhapa, became disabled after his spinal cord was damaged when he fell from a tree at the age of 21. His legs have been paralysed.

According to Bista, Rai has won several prizes in wheelchair races. Among others, he stood first, second and third in the wheelchair races held in 2001, 2002 and 2003. “Those competitions raised his confidence to travel across SAARC nations.” Rai also completed the Mechi-Mahakali peace journey last year. The journey is expected to cost Rs 945,000, but Rai has not collected a penny yet. The duo plans to enter India via Nepalgunj and then leave for Bangladesh.

The journey is expected to be completed in over a year.