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On your marks: Runners raring to go

Mugdha Variyar, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, January 20, 2013
First Published: 00:53 IST(20/1/2013) | Last Updated: 00:54 IST(20/1/2013)

Suranjana Ghosh, 37, will participate in the six-kilometer Dream Run at the Mumbai marathon on Sunday with a clear goal in mind - to raise money for the differently-abled.

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As an above-knee amputee, the cause is close to Ghosh's heart, which is why she decided to participate in the marathon this year to raise money for The Association of People with Disability. "I am looking forward to contributing towards their work which will help in the treatment of 2,800 differently-abled children," said Ghosh, a Bandra resident.

The Mumbai marathon, considered to be one of the biggest fund-raising events in the country, has raised up to Rs. 71 crore in over nine editions, and this year, is set to raise more than Rs. 7.5 crore.

The fund-raising has inspired several non-profit organisations to join the event. Looking at how so many organisations have raised money through the event over the years, we decided to be part of the marathon this year," said Inasin D'silva, founder of Garbage Concern, that works towards livelihood generation.

250 volunteers from the Organisation such as Child Rights and You (CRY) will run for the right of children to learn. "It helps us reach out to people. Last year, we raised Rs21 lakh," said Kreanne Rabadi, regional director, CRY. Some groups are raising money in a different way.

The Rubber Band, a group of four businessmen, will strum their guitar strings to raise funds. "Last year, we managed to raise close to Rs40,000 for the Children's Movement for Civic Awareness (CMCA)," said Rohit Chabbria, 41, a group member.


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