A run for em­pow­er­ing women

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Hi­ranan­dani Powai Run (HPR) is a 100% char­ity ini­tia­tive of Ro­tary Club of Mum­bai Lak­ers (RCML) and sup­ports mul­ti­ple causes each year. The club’s pur­pose is to bring to­gether busi­ness and pro­fes­sional lead­ers, in or­der to pro­vide hu­man­i­tar­ian ser­vices, en­cour­age high eth­i­cal stan­dards in all vo­ca­tions, and help build good­will and peace in the com­mu­nity.

For the Powai Run 2019, HPR has de­cided to take up the cause of women em­pow­er­ment.

“HPR is the sec­ond-largest run­ning plat­form in Mum­bai and is be­ing held on Jan­uary 6, 2019. The ini­tia­tive was started, seven years ago, as a small com­mu­nity event for the res­i­dents of Hi­ranan­dani Gar­dens, Powai. It has now grown to have more than 15,000 par­tic­i­pants from across In­dia, large char­ity funds, cor­po­rate par­tic­i­pa­tion and me­dia am­pli­fi­ca­tion across the lead­ing on­line and off­line me­dia,” says Deepak Daryanani, pres­i­dent, Ro­tary Club of Mum­bai Lak­ers.

He fur­ther adds, “Given the suc­cess of the ini­tia­tive, four years ago HPR in­tro­duced a car­ni­val at the end of the run to en­gage the res­i­dents of Powai. So the run is not a run any­more. It’s now a plat­form where over 50,000 peo­ple come to­gether on a Sun­day morn­ing to cel­e­brate fit­ness, en­joy of­fers from restau­rants and re­tail stores, at­tend per­for­mances and mu­si­cal events, en­cour­age chil­dren to ex­press them­selves in var­i­ous tal­ent ini­tia­tives, etc.”

Un­der Women Em­pow­er­ment, the causes which have been un­der­taken are Stree Mukti Sang­hatan (to coun­sel dis­tressed women), Girl Child Ed­u­ca­tion, fem­i­nine hy­giene aware­ness pro­grammes, and tai­lor­ing, mehendi and beau­ti­cian cour­ses (to train women as skilled work­ers). Also, five fe­male farm­ers will be gifted cows in or­der to as­sist them with earn­ing their liveli­hood.

OTHER CAUSES THAT HPR SUP­PORTS ARE:

■ Lit­tle heart surg­eries:

Through part­ner­ing closely with the Kok­i­l­aben Dhirub­hai Am­bani Hos­pi­tal’s Chil­dren’s Heart Cen­tre, to fund pe­di­atric heart surg­eries for un­der­priv­i­leged chil­dren since last six years

■ Cochlear implants:

Through part­ner­ship with the Hi­ranan­dani Hos­pi­tal, this ini­tia­tive will as­sist to cor­rect hear­ing dis­abil­ity us­ing a cochlear im­plant in un­der­priv­i­leged chil­dren

■ Early child­hood intervention pro­gramme: RCML works with the MBA foun­da­tion, a char­ity or­gan­i­sa­tion, to as­sist in their pro­grammes with young­sters who have spe­cial needs ■ Youth-cen­tric pro­grammes: RCML started their own vo­ca­tional cen­tre in Au­gust 2015 to ini­ti­ate pro­grammes for kids, youth, women in Powai.

PHOTOS: HTBS

Glimpses of Hi­ranan­dani Powai Run held in Jan­uary 2018

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