When a knee injury in the year 2000 forced him to give up his love for squash, Prashant Mehta decided to turn things in his favour.Cut to 2016: Mehta is now one of the flag-bearers of Wurlee 545–a group of senior-level professionals who are channelising their love for cycling into something that is nothing short of inspirational.The inception of Wurlee 545 was not a mere coincidence. It was, in fact, a well-crafted idea born out of the resonating thoughts that kept dominating the minds of Mehta and his friends, Jaideep Khanna and Ashish Contractor, for a long time.The three friends would often meet in Worli, Mumbai, at exactly 5.45 pm (hence, the name) over cups of coffee and discuss how they wanted to give back to the community in ways that involved them on a personal level.Thus, Wurlee 545 was born.Also Read: This 11-year-old cancer patient’s wish came true when she walked the NYFW ramp like a true supermodel Wurlee 545 recently went on to join hands with Scott Sports India–a Swiss bicycle brand–to do their bit in lending a helping hand to under privileged children fighting against cancer at St Jude’s NGO. The collaboration that involved a cycling marathon from India Gate, Delhi, to Gateway of India, Mumbai, managed to raise a total of Rs 1.5 crore.A picture of the riders after completing their Delhi to Mumbai cycle ride.Speaking about the marathon, Mehta tells us that even though the ride was a tough deal, the subsequent result was worth it.advertisementHe says, “Months of hard work and training goes into preparing for a ride like this and what suffers the most in the bargain are our families–we wake up at different times of the day and follow a tough regime–but seeing the smiling faces of the children at St Judes makes up for all of it.”Mehta also went on to share how, after the initial hesitation, his three daughters too became involved in the machinery of Wurlee 545. “My youngest daughter even volunteered to manage our Facebook page!” Mehta chuckles. Also Read: Star Wars fan gets last wish fulfilled; see how Taylor Swift, Eminem, Justin Beiber grant last wishes of their fans Forty-seven-year-old Mehta also went on to share that this isn’t the first time Wurlee 545 had taken up an expedition as challenging as this for philanthropy. He said, “Back in 2012, Jaideep Khanna, Ashish Contractor and myself cycled non-stop from Mumbai to Pune and back (330 kms) to do our bit in helping out the St Judes Childcare Centres in India. Support started pouring in, and the Wurlee 545 family became bigger and bigger. Much to our delight.”An inspiration at many levels, the Wurlee 545 members who participated in the Delhi to Mumbai cycle ride include Arun Saigal, Jayesh Morvankar, Nikhil Raghavan, Abhay Nene, Neil D’Souza, Abhishek Kini, Jaideep Khanna, Rohit Kapur and Aditya Daftary.Scott Sports India helped cyclists with premium bicycles for their ride, each costing around Rs 2 lakh. Bicycles used by Wurlee 545 will later be auctioned and the profits will be donated to St Judes NGO for cancer-affected children.