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Walk for your favourite charity

Here’s your chance to raise money for a a charity of your choice by walking or running. On the occasion of Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday today, the wife of British Deputy High Commissioner in Mumbai, Jill Beckingham, has organised a walk-a-thon titled, Footsteps4good, in the city.

entertainment Updated: Oct 02, 2011 14:54 IST
Pooja Maheshwary

Here’s your chance to raise money for a a charity of your choice by walking or running. On the occasion of Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday today, the wife of British Deputy High Commissioner in Mumbai, Jill Beckingham, has organised a walk-a-thon titled, Footsteps4good, in the city.

The 10-kilometre walk is a move to raise funds for the underprivileged. Says Beckingham, “A lot of people told me that they wanted to do something for those not as well-off as themselves. And I thought, why not walk to raise money? It’s something everybody can do. You don’t have to be a super fit jogger. You just need to be willing to do something for others. Also, since this falls during the Joy of Giving week, it fits in really well.”

“All sorts of people are going to be participating today, including members of the Rotary Clubs, schools and college students as well as professionals from corporate houses. It’s not really about finishing the race; it’s about participating and doing something for others.” Anybody above the age of 12 can participate in this event through a donation of Rs 2,000 to any NGO of their choice. There will be two time slots one for runners and one for walkers. The three fastest male and female runners will be awarded a prize of up to Rs 75,000, to donate to their nominated charity. Participants as well as non-participants can donate to Mumbai Mobile Crèches, Toybank (The OpenTree Foundation), Apnalaya, Muktangan and other such NGOs.

Last year, Beckingham had retraced the 360-kilometre route of Gandhiji’s famous Dandi March, to raise funds for charity. Talking about the iconic leader, she says, “Gandhi believed that every person must have an equal chance to live. People in our society don’t get the same deal as everybody else. In the spirit of Gandhi’s ideals, I feel we must help others lead a better life.”

GandhiGandhi Jayanti events

Gandhi-inspired store

The exclusive souvenir shop will stock more than 50 custom designed items inspired by Gandhi including statues of the iconic three monkeys, khadi T-shirts, crystal cubes, wrist watches and other memorabilia.
Where: Eternal Gandhi, Mumbai International Airport, Andheri (E)
Call: 6685 9046

Play based on Gandhi

A special Gandhi Jayanti programme will be held today at 5 pm, which will include a skit based on Gandhiji. Guests like actor Manoj Tiwari and Member of Parliament Sanjay Nirupam will attend the event.
Where: Billawar Association Auditorium, Santa Cruz (E)
Call: 99308 00902

Spin your own khadi

Learn to spin and weave khadi in celebration of Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday today by a trained TRK Somaiya student from 1 pm to 8 pm. A wide selection of books on Gandhi and other related merchandize will also be available.
Where: Outside Landmark, High Street Phoenix, Lower Parel
Call: 4333 9999

Khadi collection

Designer Ritu Kumar showcases her khadi collection inspired by Mahatma Gandhi and his teachings today.
Where: Outside Landmark, High Street Phoenix, Lower Parel
Call: 4333 9999

Hindustani and devotional music Sanjeev Abhyankar presents Hindustani ragas, as well as Hindi, Marathi and Sanskrit devotional compositions by Surdas, Kabir, Ramdas and Eknath. The event is organised in collaboration with the Sarvodaya International Trust, which is dedicated to promoting Gandhiji’s ideals of truth, peace and communal harmony.
Where: Tata Theatre, NCPA, Nariman Point
Call: 2282 4567

Gandhi Jayanti Week

The birth anniversary of Gandhiji is celebrated in the city with week-long programmes featuring spinning, bhajans and khadi exhibition from October 2 to 8.
Where: Mani Bhavan Gandhi Sangrahalaya, Grant Road
Call: 2380 5864

Exhibition inspired by the Dandi March

Australian installation artist, Jonathan Jones’ exhibition, Untitled (Salt), draws parallels between aboriginal Australia and Independent India through salt.
Where: Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Colaba
Call: 2202 3030
With inputs from Vijayeta Basu

The walkathon is at 7.30 am today near Asian Heart Institute, Bandra Kurla Complex. On-the-spot registrations allowed. Entry on donation of Rs 2,000 to one of the chosen NGOs. Call 98332 86320.