Run hopes to raise funds, win hearts
New Delhi: In its 10th edition this year, Airtel Delhi Half Marathon hopes to maintain its reputation of being the “largest philanthropy platform in North India”.
The event, which is happening on November 19, has 54 ‘care champions’. Each of them hopes to raise Rs 2.5 lakh each.
Till date, the event has raised Rs 5 crore. So far, 90 teams comprising 2,500 people fielded by 62 corporate entities have registered for the run. There are over 300 individuals like children as young as nine and senior citizens who are participating as well.
Vivek Singh, joint managing director of event organiser Procam International, said the marathon is about “winning hearts of people, touching lives and creating a positive impact on society”. “We believe philanthropy isn’t about just raising money but solving problems and implementing basic innovations that transform society,” Singh said.
He added that raising money from runs was an alien concept earlier, but the marathon gives one the “feeling of running for somebody else”.
The organisers said that in 2016, over 8,817 donors and 71companies had contributed Rs 6.67 crore that had helped around 50,000 people, including over 15,000 children whose education was thus funded. The money also helped 643 senior citizens to get a place to stay, food and healthcare.
Many schoolchildren would participate in the event. One of them, Kashika Malhotra (Class X), would run for the first time to help build homes for the elderly.