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'Now every six I hit means a smile'

April 22, 2009 10:12 IST

Adam Gilchrist's sixes at the Indian Premier League will not only enthrall the fans this season, but 25 of his lofty hits will also help fund modified bikes for children with disabilities.

Every time the skipper of last season's laggards Hyderabad Deccan Chargers, sends the ball over the ropes, a child with disabilities will receive a modified bike through Amways Freedom Wheels programme.

Amway runs the programme in partnership with the Technical Aid to the Disabled (TAD).

"Every bike is modified to suit the individual child. This allows children with disabilities to enjoy riding a bike - often for the first time in their lives," Amway said in a statement.

Gilchrist said being a father he could relate to a child's joy at getting a bike and would try his best to hit as many shots over the fence.

"As a father of three kids, I know how much fun riding a bike can be for a child. Now, every six I hit means a smile on a childs face," the retired Australian wicketkeeper said.

"I want to clear the boundary as often as I can." TAD and Amway spokesperson Michial Coldwell said, "We are delighted to partner with Adam Gilchrist. Adam is one of Australia's greatest cricketers and a great guy as well. His support for Freedom Wheels and charities in general is highly commendable."

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