World 10K raises big money for charity


Delighted by overwhelming response of Bangaloreans towards a noble cause, Row said that the City has exceeded its own expectations. “Bangalore has a strong history of philanthropy and charity and they showed on May 31, 2009 that they still care strongly for the lesser privileged by rallying behind Bangalore Cares — the official charity partner.”

Last year the event raised Rs 41.35 lakhs towards charity and was predicted to jump a few notches this time.

“But with over 23,000 people in participation that fielded athletes from 22 nations for the Elite races, the Sunfeast 10K Bangalore has the potential to quickly become the the country’s largest charity generator,” added Row.

While 3576 individual donors contributed a total of Rs 87 lakhs, 14 Care champions and 11 corporate houses donated Rs 21 and Rs 23 lakhs respectively to 81 identified charities. When asked where the money will flow, Row said that the money will be equally distributed to various organisations that deal with different kinds of problems.

“There are many causes ranging from street kids to senior citizens, victims of drug, AIDS, cancer, disabled, human rights, animal care and many more. The money will be put to good use and the needy will be served,” added Row.

Meanwhile, the organisers also awarded three photographers for bringing to life the true spirit of the race. Selvan Shiv Kumar of DNA won the first place, while R Samuel of Deccan Chronicle was second and Syed Asif of the Times of India took the third spot.

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