Sunday, January 30, 2011

Help Cycle Chalao

This forward from FundACause:
From: Raj Janagam <>
To: raj.janagam <>
Sent: Sun, January 30, 2011
Subject: Appeal to support Cycle Chalao! - Raj for winning the
Unreasonable Institute Challenge - 2011

Help send Cycle Chalao! to the Unreasonable Institute! Click here to
support us now - the race to raise Rs 3.15 lakhs is on! In last seven
days 34 people have pledged Rs.65,000! Help us keep the movement!

Hi everyone! I'm Raj and I'm the founder of Cycle Chalao!, India's
fastest-growing cycle sharing program. I'm THRILLED to announce that
we've been selected as a finalist for the Unreasonable Institute. Now
I need your help to get there - and then to get all of India cycling!

The Unreasonable Institute is one of the most exciting events in the
world of social entrepreneurship. In June, Unreasonable Institute will
bring 25 young social entrepreneurs to the beautiful American mountain
city of Boulder, Colorado. For six weeks, the fellows will live and
work with 60 world-class mentors, pitch to hundreds of investors, and
prepare to launch financially self-sustaining, globally scalable
ventures that can serve the needs of at least one million people. This
is the support that Cycle Chalao! needs to transform India.

Cycle Chalao! is a social venture promoting cycling in India by
establishing bicycle sharing networks to provide bicycles on rent for
short distance traveling. The vision of the project is to 'Integrate
cycling in the mainstream public transportation thereby reducing
traffic, air and noise pollution'. By providing point to point bicycle
rental services citizens will empowered to have an environment
friendly, economic and healthier way of traveling short distances.

I'm one of 45 finalists. I will only make it to Unreasonable if I'm
one of the first 25 of us to raise Rs 3.8 Lakh by 11th March, 2011.
The time has already started and we need to raise that money as soon
as possible to be in the first 25!

Rs 3.8 lakh is a lot, but I'm not looking for big donations. The idea
is to get as many people donating as possible - the limit per person
is Rs 2500 for current week i.e. till 3 Feb (then the limit goes up to
Rs 5000 i.e. from 3rd Feb to 9th Feb). If we don't make it as one of
the first 25, we'll get to keep what we raised and use it in our

So PLEASE sign on today and donate whatever you can. If you want to
donate by cash, cheque or wire transfer, email me at or call me at +91 9867987031. Spread the message
as far and wide as possible - to your professional networks, at your
university, to your friends, at your cycle shop - wherever! All
sponsors get recognition on Unreasonable's website and ours. Click
here to see the FAQ's and tax deduction facility for sponsors from

Send us to the Unreasonable Institute so we can help end pollution,
fight congestion and make cycling THE way to get around in India.

THANK YOU for your support! Get in touch with me if you have any questions -

Raj Janagam
+91 9867 987 031

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