Mangaluru, Dec 20, 2015: Sarojini Monteiro, is on a solo cycling mission from Kashmir to Kanyakumari to spread the message of preventive medication — exercise and healthy food, was in Mangaluru recently. Hailing from Goa she has a doctorate degree holder in public health, Sarojini, reached Mangaluru in good shape, she had left Leh on October 18 and is scheduled to reach Kanyakumari on December 22, covering a distance of over 3,500 km.
Here in the city, she met with cycling enthusiasts and interacted with students in a few colleges as well as medical professionals at the Fr. Muller Medical College and Hospital. Dr. Monteiro stated that she undertook the mission after witnessing increasing incidences of non-communicable diseases — diabetes, cardio-vascular diseases etc., in the country.
Lack of exercise with changed lifestyle and the changed food habits are the reasons for the diseases. So, she decided to put across the message through cycling. She had a pleasant exchange with members of Mangaluru Bicycle Club and Mangalore Cycling Club, including Kishan Bangera, Donald Menezes, Anil Shet, Bunty Raj, Hare Krishna Maheshwari, Nitya Rao, Smitha Rao, Vernon Saldanha, B.R. Sadashiva Rao, and others.
Impressed by her commitment to the cause she is concerned about, Mangaluru cyclists took an extra step and saw her off on her way to Neeleshwar in Kerala. While Bangera, Menezes and Rao cycled with Dr. Sarojini, till Manjeshwar, off Karnataka-Kerala border, Maheshwari and Raj went till Uppala, and Nayak went till Kasargod, 55 km from Mangaluru.
Nayak told media that Dr. Monteiro has an inspiring personality and could convince people of ideas and things what she believes right. En-route to Kasargod, she interacted with a few girls and a group of men about the benefits of cycling and healthy food habits.