A run for empowering women
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.
Glimpses of Hiranandani Powai Run held in January 2018