At Kent Institute Australia, we highly support students when it comes to participating in activities that help our community.
On the 4th of November, our Higher Education student Danish Pokhrel represented Kent in Australia’s biggest cycling event, the MS Sydney to Gong Ride. Every year, thousands of cyclists set off from Sydney to Wollongong – an 83 kilometer ride – to show support and raise funds for people living with Multiple Sclerosis (MS).
“This ride was more than just showing support and raising funds. This event was something where I could challenge myself. I challenged myself to see how motivated and goal oriented I am.” Said Danish.
Approximately 25,000 people in Australia are living with Multiple Sclerosis. A disease that affects the person’s concentration, memory, coordination, and balance. People living with MS are prone to depression as they are always in low mood and regularly experience dizziness, spasms and extreme tiredness.
Joining a fitness centre, eating nutritious food and mentally preparing himself for this ride, it was not an easy feat for Danish.
“I was a bit nervous because this ride was going to be my life’s biggest ride so far.
The last 40 KM was very challenging, full of big uphill climbs and dangerous downhill slopes. Many people got injured while riding the downhill. It was not as easy as I thought.
A few hours into the ride, Danish became anxious and had to make a decision whether to continue the race or not but thinking about people with Multiple Sclerosis, “They go through this pain every day. Compared to their pain, my pain was just temporary.”
“Finally, after finishing the race for 8 hours, I could not even stand properly, nor sit or sleep. My brain was not functioning properly nor my body. However, when I was awarded with the medal, I was very proud and I believe I motivated someone and made a difference in someone’s life. “
“Kent Institute has always been helpful, responsible towards students and their education, student activities inside and outside the campus. Without Kent’s support, this ride would not have been successful.
I would like to thank Kent for ongoing support and helping me make a difference in people living with Multiple Sclerosis. Kent’s support towards the ride cannot be explained in any words. “
We once again would like to congratulate Danish Pokhrel for this achievement and for his willingness to participate and make a difference in the community.