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Caring for underprivileged

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July 8, 2008

Sunfeast World 10K Run Raises Rs 41.35 Lakh For Charity

FOR A NOBLE CAUSE: Award winners, who raised money for charity during the Sunfeast World 10K Run, at a function in the City on Monday

Bangalore: The mass movement that had Bangalore up and running on May 18, the Sunfeast World 10K, also showed that the able and well-off in the city cared for the less privileged.

Their efforts saw them raise Rs 41.35 lakh for charity with T C Meenakshi Sundaram topping the individuals list – raising Rs 4.52 lakh.

“Half of the total amount raised for charity came from 650 individual donors. Altogether, there were 51 NGOs of which 36 benefited monetarily,” G Manohar Row of Bangalore Cares, the official charity partner of the race, told reporters here on Monday.

“Shriram Ramdas (Rs 1.73 lakh), Tejraj Gulecha (Rs 1 lakh) emerged second and third in the list of Highest Pledge Raising Individuals. Association of People with Disabilities emerged as the Highest Pledge Raising NGO with Rs 7.13 lakh which saw 150 athletes including 20 disabled athletes turning up for the NGO,” he said.

“This money will be used for the benefit of the disabled, the needy in the slums, providing libraries, educating street kids, treating and teaching spastics, aiding victims of drugs and AIDS and animal care,” Row said.

“Our target for next year is to increase the number of NGOs to 100 from this years 51, corporates to 50 from the 10 we had this year to raise a total sum of Rs 1 crore,” he said.

Hippocampus Reading Foundation (Rs 4.68 lakh) and Movement for Alternatives and Youth Awareness (Rs 4.11 lakh) were second and third in the list of Highest Pledge Raising NGOs.

Northern Trust raised the highest amount among the corporates collecting Rs 1.25 lakh. The other five corporates were HDFC, Accenture, Logica, Nokia Siemens and HSBC. United Breweries Limited won a special award for donating Rs 10 lakh to five NGOs chosen by Dino Morea, the event ambassador. UBL donated Rs 2 lakh for every kilometre Morea ran at the event.

In the contest for press photographers, S Srikanta Sharma of Prajavani won the first prize of Rs 25,000. Selvam Shivakumar of Bangalore Mirror bagged Rs 15,000 and K Sridhar took home Rs 10,000 for finishing second and third respectively.

K Adhikeshavalu, chairman of Karnataka Athletics Association, Devraj Iyer, Brand Manager of ITC Foods, Vinod Varghese of ITC Windsor and Vivek Singh, MD, Procam gave away the awards.