Sikh Khalsa Bikers to ride to Edinburgh in a day

One Khalsa biker at the Lee Rigby 'Ride of Respect' which began in Greenwich Park

One Khalsa biker at the Lee Rigby 'Ride of Respect' which began in Greenwich Park - Credit: Archant

A Sikh motorcycle group will take on its latest fundraising challenge next week by riding from London to Edinburgh in just 12 hours.

Ten Khalsa Bikers will ride to the Scottish city to raise money to support Sikh Relief’s support of the aid effort in Nepal.

The earthquake-hit country has been the focus of many charities since a shock killed more than 8,000 people last month.

The biker group, some of whom have visited Nepal in recent weeks, are aiming to raise £5,000 to help rebuild a village called Dhada Gau.

Biker Taj Ghatora, 32, of Water Lane, Seven Kings, said: “Sikhs are taught to give, share and help anyone who needs it.


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“We are here to work together and make the world a better place.”

The Recorder reported on May 14 how Manjit Singh, of High Road, Seven Kings, and a Khalsa Biker, had returned from Nepal, where he had been volunteering on behalf of Sikh Relief.

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Mr Singh had said despite the organisation’s best efforts much of its work was hindered by authorities in the country.

The volunteer, for example, told how car hire outlets would “charge silly money” slowing down the relief effort.

But Mr Ghatora insists all the money raised from the Nepal Disaster Appeal Ride will go straight Sikh Relief’s mission in Dhada Gau.

“All the money will go to helping Sikh Relief rebuild one village,” he said.

The Khalsa Bikers will set off from Wembley at 6am before arriving in Edinburgh Guru Nanak Gurdwara 12 hours later where a service will be held to welcome the motorcyclists.

“It is going to be quite tiring,” he said. “Your back and your leg goes numb.

“It is a mental thing too. When you are on the road you have to be aware of what is going on around you all the time.

“For safety reasons we will taking regular breaks.”

The Khalsa Bikers also joined the Ride Of Respect for Lee Rigby for the second year last week.

To donate to the group’s ride to Edinburgh, visit www.justgiving.com/NepalReliefRide/

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