10K raises Rs 3 cr for charity

10K raises Rs 3 cr for charity

Bengaluru-based students make significant contributions

The TCS World 10K, scheduled on May 17, has helped raise Rs 3 crore towards charity so far, the organisers announced here on Tuesday.

“This event has always been a platform for strong fund raising and I am happy that the response has been great this year. I thank philanthropy partner India Cares Foundation and all the other supporters for their contribution,” said Vivek Singh, Joint Managing Director, Procam International.

Murray Culshaw, Chairman, India Cares, said: “For this edition, we have 38 corporate care teams, 200 charity fund raisers and more than 6000 individual donors.”
Procam also acknowledged Bengaluru-based youngsters Siddhant Desai and Anagha G as the Faces of Charity for this year.

The 13-year old Siddhant from Vidya Niketan School, is the youngest fund raiser, having collected Rs 12.5 lakh for Shriamad Rajachandra Love and Care, a Gujarat based NGO.  
Anagha, a third year BA student from Mount Carmel college, along with two other friends, has contributed Rs 50,000 to Bengaluru-based U&I trust, aiming to provide better educational facilities to underprivileged children. Both the youngsters will participate in the Majja Run and hope to raise more money.

The Champions with Disability (4.2KM) run is one of the categories of the event that allows para athletes and runners with disability to compete. The Bangalore Schools Sports Foundation (BSSF) will field one of its runners –– Madhusudhan Hanumanthappa, a 19-year old double-amputee, in this category.

Speaking about the race, Madhusudhan said, “After I lost both my legs in a train accident in 2008, I have received great support from BSSF. This will be my first competitive race. I wish to work hard and represent the country.”

Babu Seenappa, a 14-year old HIV positive runner, will represent BSSF and compete in the Majja Run. “I have been running since the age of eight and recently participated in the Auroville Marathon, Pondicherry this year,” Babu said.

proVISION Asia, a regular contributor to the event, promised to donate 10% of the total fund to the relief work in Nepal.