It’s time to run for Delhi again, and it is not for any political position, but for health. The Hutch Delhi Half Marathon is back and is slated to take place on October 15. With Hutch as the title sponsor and Jindal Stainless as associate sponsor, the event will be telecast live in about 130 countries through the Zee Network and terrestrial coverage via Doordarshan.
The charity drive associated with the event has zoomed into a positive upward trend. This was announced by Vivek Singh, Joint Managing Director, Procam International, the promoters of the event, and Venkat Krishnan N, Director, GiveIndia, the official charity partners to the event.
The first Hutch Delhi Marathon in 2005 saw 1,612 people run for a cause and 179 of them raising Rs 81.5 lakh for various charities. The money helped educate children, provide hospice care to the terminally ill, create livelihoods for the poor and promote HIV/AIDS awareness, among other things.
GiveIndia, the official charity of the event, has set a target of nearly doubling the amount to Rs 1.5 crore in the second year. With over 11 dream team runners and 25 corporate challenge teams confirming participation, it means more than Rs 48 lakh have already been committed towards this year’s event.
Speaking on the event, Sanjoy Mukerji, Operations Director, Hutch, said, “The Marathon embodies a very unique concept of bringing the entire city together like no other event can.”
Echoing the same thought, N C Mathur, Director Corporate and International Marketing, Jindal Stainless, said, “Marathon is like a wake up call for the city to come forward and support a cause. It builds character for the city.” This is the second year of Jindal’s association with the event. The company will continue its association with the event for one more year.
Actress Yana Gupta; socialite and social worker Nafisa Ali Sodhi; Ajay Bijli, CEO, PVR Group; and Pankaj Munjal, CEO, Hero Honda, are among the people who have confirmed participation as part of the Dream Team. Companies like SRF, American Express Bank and Genpact, GE’s BPO arm, are all set for the corporate challenge.
Besides, a large number of local NGOs are putting together teams and runners with a lot of enthusiasm. Said Jasmine Wadhawan, Head, Events, GiveIndia, “We are delighted to see Delhiites come forward in such large numbers to reach out and give something back to the city. Clearly, some of the participants are setting examples for the rest of Delhi to follow as well.”