Newbury Park youngster cycles to raise money for people in need

PUBLISHED: 12:00 04 September 2016

Rasnam Singh has raised a phenomenal amount of money for charity

Rasnam Singh has raised a phenomenal amount of money for charity

Gurmit Kaur

Most 10-year-olds focus on toys and cartoons, but one youngster has other ideas.

Rasnam Singh, of Brockham Drive, Gants Hill, enjoys cycling so much that he can often be seen getting on his bike for good causes.

Since the age of six, Rasnam, who attends Newbury Park Primary School, Perrymans Farm Road, has cycled an impressive 17 miles across the borough every year to raise money for the annual Sikh Charity Ride.

His mum Gurmit Kaur said: “I am very proud of Rasnam and his commitment to the Sikh Charity Bike Ride.

“Rasnam tries hard at everything he does and the most important achievement of his, in my opinion, is his love and caring nature.”

Rasnam added: “My dad is always cycling and he is the one who taught me to cycle and supported me.”

Gurmit was so impressed by her son’s achievements that she nominated him for a Recorder/Redbridge Rotary Club Young Citizen award.

Expressing his shock, Rasnam said: “I was really surprised because I never get nominated.”

The youngster has managed to clock up £6,000 through taking part in the ride, which fundraises for a variety of charities.

“I like to help people who are less fortunate than me and riding for the charity inspires me to do this,” he said.

His mum added: “The Sikh Charity Ride aspires to raise money for numerous charities such as the Mayor’s Appeal Fund for Redbridge, Barking and Dagenham’s Teenage Cancer Trust and Newham Care Casualties.

“We have been going every year for the past 10 years as a family and we enjoy it very much.

“It is a good opportunity for some exercise and socialising with all the Gurdwaras, who also participate and offer food to the riders.

“Basically it is a fun day out.”

But this year’s ride, which took place in August, was tinged with sadness, at the absence of family friend Parmjit Singh Karir, who died in January after being hit by a car in East Ham.

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