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Adding to his adventurous hitch-hiking experiences, 20-year-old social entrepreneur and cyclist Aakash Mishra from Indore, Madhya Pradesh has hit the roads again, to Chennai, Tamil Nadu this time. Like always, this guy is living his passion for a social cause, his NGO - The Golden Bird Foundation and would be representing his foundation at “International Youth NGO's Summit - IYONS with the motive of spreading awareness towards education.
When asked about the reason behind his cycle trip to Chennai in an exclusive interview with Wittyfeed, he said, “I was in 9th class when I first saw Dr.APJ Abdul Kalam and it is my dream to sit and talk with him. I really respect him a lot. He is like an ocean of knowledge and I am very thirsty to learn from him. It’s unbelievable; just about before one month I decided ‘Let’s now meet Abdul Sir’”.
Since Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam is the advisory board member of IYONS, we hope Aakash's dream of meeting his childhood idol turns into reality. He also plans to meet Nobel Laureate Kailash Satyarthi at the summit.
Here are some pictures of his 5500 km long hitch-hiking journey so far.
He says, "I travel on highways and across lots of villages, so I get to meet different people to whom education still holds not much importance, and as a social activist I take it (Chennai trip) as an opportunity to make a positive change in someone's life by explaining to them the importance of education in today's world and making them opt for it."
He'd be staying in Chennai till 29th July and travel local areas. On 30th July, he'll begin hitch-hiking back to his native city, Indore.
The above article was published in 'The Hindu'.