Nepalese cyclist Furtemba Sherpa, who is on global tour advocating for world peace and environmental protection, arrived in Dar es Salaam yesterday.
The cyclist was warmly welcomed by a community of the Nepalese people living in the country led by Bharat Rijal.
Rijal said the cyclist has already toured a total of 81 countries since 2003 spreading message of peace and environmental protection.
Sherpa said he believes cycling will encourage people to use their bicycles instead of motor vehicles.
The cyclist intends to spread the message to 151 countries by 2020.
He believes to achieve his objective as peaceful world and healthy environment aspects are deeply linked to each other.
“I come from Nepal the Land of Mount Everest, the highest peak of the world, and I have travelled through 81 countries so far and witnessed great pain and sufferings amongst people due to war and oppression. Families torn apart by their ideological differences,” he said.
“Insecurities have led people to distrust and lose harmony with each other. Throughout my journey, I carry Lord Buddha’s peace flag from his birth place Lumbini in Nepal. I have come to the realisation that a healthy environment and a peaceful world are deeply linked to each other,” he said.
The cyclist said he has been reminding people he met that all of us are world citizens transcending borders, gender, race, religion and that what happens in one part of the world affects the rest.
Throughout his entourage he has overcome many personal challenges including homelessness and with no formal education. He longed to emulate the contribution made by great Sherpas.
Sherpas, who are known to be excellent mountain climbers, helped the world by building schools, health clinics and provide clean drinking water to villages they have visited.
“Many of the Sherpas had to overcome the same challenges as I had. I, on the other hand, chose to do something different; to pursue my love for cycling around the world and to challenge communities and their leaders to preserve our one and only mother Earth and create a better world for us all,” he said.
He hopes to inspire people to think that there are practical alternatives like cycling.
In addition to being environmentally friendly, the cyclist said cycling can have many other benefits such as saving money, improving health and well being.