Locals set to ride for multiple sclerosis

A pair of avid cyclists are once again combining two of their passions by taking part in the annual MS Sydney to the Gong Ride.

Riding for the cause: Bharat Pandya and Mahesh Sagar will swap suit pants and ties for lycra when they take part in the MS Sydney to the Gong Ride in November. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

Riding for the cause: Bharat Pandya and Mahesh Sagar will swap suit pants and ties for lycra when they take part in the MS Sydney to the Gong Ride in November. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

Bharat Pandya and Mahesh Sagar – team Geared Up – will ride the 96 kilometres on November 6 to raise money and awareness for multiple sclerosis (MS).

Only an estimated 0.1 per cent of Australians have MS, Dr Pandya said, but about 60 per cent of those require full-time care as a result of the debilitating, yet little known, disorder.

“It is a disorder where the fat around the nerve cell, which insulates the nerve cell, gets damaged and people’s lives actually become miserable,” he said.

“Now we need our nerves to tell our muscles what to do.

“We need our nerves to breath with and that’s the impact it has on people where they can’t breath or they can’t walk or they gradually debilitate until the point where they can’t work.”

Last year’s ride raised almost $3.5 million for MS sufferers. Visit www.msgongride.org.au and search for team Geared Up to donate.

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