More than 1,000 people participated in Must Run – a mini-marathon organised by H-West Federation and Wake Up Bandra – from Bandra to Santacruz on Sunday.
The event had categories namely -- open run, veteran run (for those over 45 years of age), youth run, senior citizens’ run, physically-challenged wheelchair race and municipal children’s run.
Nearly 200 people took part in the nine-kilometre open category run while close to 40 entries were registered in the physically-challenged category. The runners highlighted a range of issues from protection of open spaces to children’s education.
Filmmaker Amol Gupte, actors Divya Dutta, Raza Murad, Sameer Soni and Neelam Kothari were present at the event.
Various non-government organisations such as Kripa foundation, working for HIV-infected people; Mumbaiites for Child Rights (M4CR), working for children education, ADAPT, working to create a friendly society for physically-challenged people and the Teenager magazine extended their support to the event.
More than 150 municipal school students ran to demand their rights as school students. “The civic body has allotted Rs1,800 crore for education this year, but still the quality of education and basic amenities in school are poor. The dropout rate in municipal schools is quite high. We wanted the children to ask for their own rights,” said Nitin Wadhwani, volunteer, M4CR.
Jugglers, clowns and bhangra performance managed to keep the participants and the onlookers entertained. “The traffic police did a wonderful job in managing the event,” said Vidya Vaidya, trustee, H-West Federation.
“The success of the event will be vital in enabling us to highlight causes that are important to the society,” said Anandini Thakoor, chairperson, H-West Federation.