A bike rally “Ride for Rights”, organised by Child-Friendly Cities Initiative, was flagged off at 10:15 am on Sunday, 16th August at Kambala Cheruvu and ended at Happy Sunday venue, Rajamahendravaram. The rally was organised to eliminate child labour and make Rajahmundry a child-friendly city. In the rally, around 60 bikes and 120 people from different walks of life participated. The rally passed through various lanes of the city with the slogan “Say No to Child Labour”, “Exterminate Child Labour System”, “Children to School – Not to Work”, “I Support Child-Friendly Rajamahendravaram”, “Child must Learn, Not Earn”, and so on.
Ameer Pasha, team member of CFCI, brought together various organisations in the city under the banner: “Let us promote Right to Education. Let us eliminate Child Labour.” He added that children’s hands were meant to hold pens, not to wash glasses. Thanking everybody for coming together on the occasion, Fr Ignatius, Director of People’s Action for Rural Awakening, said that we all could provide prosperous career for children if we come together often on their behalf.
Vijay Gautami Motor Mechanics Welfare Association President, Mr Bhaskar, explained that they have an agreement among themselves always to encourage children to go to school. They assured that they will never employee or encourage others to employee children below the age of 14 years. He added that the association would be at forefront when it comes to children.
HRE Senior activist and teacher, Mr Martin, said that PARA had initiated efforts towards making Rajahmundry a child-friendly city by eliminating child labour, child trafficking and every form of abuse of children. He invited all the organisations present to continue to support PARA in making the city friendly for children. Stating that the organising team is conducting this campaign in support of Child Rights, he added that he supports this child-friendly city initiative. Asking the gathering not to encourage child labour, HRE AP Coordinator T Ramesh requested them to send children to school as this was their crucial period of their life of learning. The rally ended at the Happy Sunday venue where everybody participated in the signature campaign against child labour.