As one of the city’s most popular fundraising ventures, the Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon collected Rs16.07 crore this year, an increase of Rs3.91 crore from last year.
The figures were announced on Tuesday by United Way of Mumbai, the charity partner of the event, at an awards function felicitating the highest fund-raisers. In 2011, the marathon had raised Rs 12.16 crore benefiting 131 not-for-profits. This year, the funds will go to 197 non-government organisations (NGOs).
“The marathon is more than just a race. We are glad that it has become one of the biggest platforms for charity in the world,” said Jayanti Shukla, executive director, United Way of Mumbai. “Maximum funds have been raised to support the causes of education, child welfare and disability support,” she added.
Meera Mehta, 14, who raised Rs1.53 lakh for Shrimad Rajchandra Love and Care, emerged as the youngest fund-raiser of the event.
The highest fund-raisers of the event, termed as ‘Dream Champions’, were finance professional Mihir Doshi and Dr Bijal Mehta. While Doshi raised Rs29,64,641 for Save
The Children India and Childline India Foundation, Mehta raised Rs8 lakh for Shrimad Rajchandra Love and Care.
“The marathon has been a great opportunity to raise funds for a greater cause,” said Doshi.
Shrimad Rajchandra Love and Care, a non-profit organisation working in multiple sectors including health, education and rural development, raised Rs 96, 92, 506, the highest amount among NGOs.