YouWeCan – Yuvraj Singh

Blog By : Ipsa Singh

“The harder the struggle, the more glorious the triumph.”

The world is full of unexpected surprises that often don’t turn out to be pleasant. There is an organisation that promises to try it’s best to take away the biggest fear of any individual’s life. “ CANCER. “  The foundation is full of life and kindness. You can even call it a lifeline, or to be specific , that’s – YouWeCan for you.

YouWeCan is Yuvraj Singh’s endeavor to combat cancer by spreading awareness about the disease and fighting the stigma attached to it. The national cricketer announced the launch of ‘YouWeCan’, an initiative by the Yuvraj Singh Foundation (YSF), in July 2012. The initiative focuses on all the aspects of the disease including the advantages of early detection. YouWeCan always comes up with interesting ways to educate people on cancer by organizing sports events and fairs and not restrict to seminars and lectures.

Yuvraj Singh is renowned cricketer, who now has turned into an inspiration for those who believe, that cancer is an end to life, for those who stop living life as soon as they get the news, for those who die even before they are dead.

Yuvraj Singh has proved with his battle against success that “It’s not over until it’s Over.”

The YouWeCan initiative was planted while Yuvraj Singh was still in the hospital. He shared his experience with the virtual world as he posted pictures of his treatment and the severe physical changes he was going through, sending one clear message: FIGHT.

YouWeCan focuses on every sector of cancer. Be it creating awareness about its symptoms and chemotherapy procedures or helping educate the kids who are cancer survivors. The organisation is a firm believer of

“Hope and faith may be more firmly built upon charity, than charity upon faith and hope” – Benjamin Franklin.

The foundation Create a conscious environment to fight cancer by inculcating a habit of regular cancer check-ups. To educate all the segments of society about the implications of the disease through affordable campaigns.

Yuvraj Singh Foundation is a non-profit organisation registered under the Bombay Public Trusts Act 1950 launched by Yuvraj Singh himself. The organisation is active since 2009 and working for three primary initiatives: Health, Education and Sports. YouWeCan is an effort to support and build awareness in their quest to conquer cancer. These grants will provide substantial funding of devices and adaptation of existing technologies for cancer awareness and detection in low and middle-income areas nationally.

The biggest and the most noted act of this organisation is to provide cancer patients with scholarships . This initiative aims to help the families that are facing a financial crisis due to the expensive and prolonged cancer treatment of their immediate family member by educating their children. This process started on august 7th , 2017.

The initiative taken by the foundation also helps in securing the future of the country as a whole. Youth of a country needs to be protected and cured in order to make a flourished country.

The foundation adheres by the saying, “ Cancer is only going to be a chapter in your life,not the whole story. “

 

Deepa Malik: The Strong and Fierce

Blog by: Raj Kishan

“She is free in her wildness; she is a wanderess, a drop of free water. She knows nothing of borders and cares nothing for rules or customs. ‘Time’ for her isn’t something to fight against. Her life flows clean, with passion, like fresh water.” These words are by Roman Payne, written whilst describing a strong woman, are in fact a perfect description for our pride, Deepa Malik.

India’s Rio Paralympics silver-medalist Deepa Malik can juggle many roles in life, a real all-rounder; A daughter, wife, mother, athlete and biker! Malik, now 47, she is the first Indian woman to win a medal in Paralympics Games and won a Silver medal at the 2016 Summer Paralympics in the shot put.

At the age of only six, Malik was first diagnosed with tumours in the spinal column that left her with no sensation in the lower half of her body. However, she recovered after surgeries and became an avid sportswoman, but only until her mid-twenties. In her late 20s, she felt weakness in the lower limbs. “Doctors said the tumour is back with a vengeance. They gave me 10 days to celebrate walking, after which they said they would scoop out the tumour,” Malik recalled in an interview.

“People write me off because I’m an upper middle class colonel’s wife, because my story isn’t one of poverty and because I’m in my 40s,” she said, and in many ways, Malik’s life has been harder because people saw her disability in a gendered fashion — neighbours and relatives thought she was ignoring her family duties, and regularly advised her husband to remarry. The naysayers were riding their horses and discouraging and demoralizing her.

But being the fight she is, she fought back! That wasn’t surprising; after all she comes from a family of brave men. She is the wife of a veteran cavalier Colonel Bikram Singh and daughter of a veteran Infantry Colonel BK Nagpal.

She has won accolades for her participation in various adventure sports. She is associated with Himalayan Motorsports Association (H.M.A.) and Federation of Motor Sports Clubs of India (F.M.S.C.I.). She has taken part in Raid De Himalaya, which is an 8-day, 1700-km drive in sub-zero temperatures which included a climb to 18000 feet. This journey covers many difficult paths including remote Himalayas, Leh, Shimla and Jammu.

She is both javelin thrower and a shot up player. Collectively she has won 51 Gold, 5 Silver and 2 Bronze medals at national level. She has 18 International medals; which includes; silver at Rio Paralympics in 2016, IPC Oceania Asian Championship, 1 Gold (Jav), 1 Silver (Shotput) in 2016, Incheon Asian Para Games 2014 – Silver medal in women’s 53–54 Javelin with a new Asian Record.

She has a long list of nation and state awards. Some of the major wards are:

National and state awards

  • President Role Model Award (2014)
  • Arjuna Award (2012)
  • Maharashtra Chhatrapati Award (sports) (2009–10)
  • Haryana Karambhoomi Award (2008)
  • Swawlamban Puruskar Maharashtra (2006)
  • Padmashri Award (2017)

For the silver medal at the 2016 Summer Paralympics Government of Haryana rewared her with ₹4 crore and ₹50 lakh from the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports.

She is a member of the working group in the formulation 12th five- year plan (2012–2017) on Sports and Physical Education as nominated by the Planning Commission HRD Division on behalf of the Sports Ministry.

She is a true hero and a role model. So learn from her. Let’s end with her very inspiring and motivating words, “Keep thoughts positive, exercise your brain with positivity, look for solutions…life is a festival you can and must celebrate every day.”

 

GYM ACCORDING TO YOUR PREFERENCE-FITPASS

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Blog by – Plaban Pratim Saikia

Have you thought of going to the gym but been dissuaded by the high membership fees, lack of exercise options at the neighbourhood gym, inflexible timings, etc. Well, you can bid goodbye to all such worries courtesy Akshay and Arushi Verma. The siblings have started a new startup called FITPASS. The Vermas founded FITPASS in June 2015, a company aimed at making going to the gym economical and convenient. Operations for FITPASS started in January 2016. FITPASS offers plans that allow members the freedom to work out when they want, where they want and how they want, aided by a partner network of 1,250-plus gyms and fitness studios in Delhi NCR.

The startup, which has a staff strength of 22, generated Rs 1 crore in revenue in 2016. It is currently clocking Rs 10 lakh a month and is seeing a 30% month-on-month growth in revenue. It has 6,500 active members on board and more than 50,000 people have downloaded the FITPASS smartphone app. When FITPASS was founded, building the technology to solve the market inefficiencies—high upfront annual fee, lack of gym options, etc, and getting fitness studios and gyms on board the platform were its biggest challenges.

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Prominent gym chains that are part of the FITPASS network include Gold’s Gym, Snap Fitness, and Reebok Crossfit. An extensive network allows FITPASS members the choice to workout near their home, office, the neighbourhood market, etc., at their convenience, and at significantly lower costs. The startup began by offering monthly plans for Rs 2,499, and are currently offer quarterly plans for the same amount. The monthly plan now costs Rs 999. Fitness routines that members have access to range from yoga, Zumba, pilates, and aerobics to kickboxing and Martial Arts.

Training the staff at fitness centres that did partner in the use the startup’s proprietary technology was another tough task to execute. A strong team according to Akshay, helped the company get past these hurdles. The company’s technology, partner, and customer teams have worked hard to introduce the concept to our partners and customers, as well as educate and orient partners with the technological process. Started with an investment of Rs 20 lakh, put in by the co-founders, FITPASS raised Rs 6.7 crore in seed funding from Mumbai angels and a consortium of Delhi and Bengaluru-based angel investors in December 2016. The funds will be used to expand the company’s presence in South India, starting with Bengaluru. The company also plan to expand their bouquet of offerings with the launch of new verticals, and have just come out with a nutrition service for their customers.

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Initially, convincing gyms to come onboard was tough, but our value proposition gradually enticed them. According to experts – the bigger challenge for startups in organizing fitness market comes from the consumer side. Meanwhile, people perceive a challenge today because accessing fitness is difficult. Apart from maintaining the routine despite work/personal time commitments, most gyms require customers to make upfront commitments of thousands of rupees – that’s not the kind of disposable income the mass market commands yet.

FITPASS already sells nutritional and health supplements besides sportswear and athletic merchandise via its marketplace. Fitness consciousness is rapidly rising in India and the siblings are trying to make fitness and everything related to it easily accessible and affordable to the Indian consumer. The opportunity for organising a highly-fragmented fitness market is undoubtedly lucrative. According to a study by Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) and global consulting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), the Indian fitness and slimming market was estimated at Rs 60,000 crore in 2012. The fitness and wellness industry seems to be standing at the inflection point, and new models for aggregation will disrupt this sector in the coming years.

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