Kanyathon 2018: 3,000 Bangaloreans run for the cause ‘Save the Girl Child’
Bangalore, March 4, 2018: The students of IFIM Institutions, once again, demonstrated their commitment to save the girl child by successfully hosting their annual charity fundraiser marathon ‘Kanyathon 2018’. The streets of Electronic City were filled with over 3,000 enthusiastic runners who ran the 5K and 10K runs. The run was organised under IFIM’s initiative of ‘S.A.F.E.’ (Students Against Female Exploitation).
The marathon began with a warm upsession of Zumba. Present at the event were Dola Banerjee, International archerand Manjula M, International Para-athlete, along with 5,000 runners consistingof corporates, ranging from Adobe to Infosys.
Popular Indian origin archer and theChief Guest for the event, Dola Banerjee encouraged the spiritbehind the cause. She said: “IFIM’s initiatives towards the upliftment of girlchild is a commendable effort. The right support for a girl from an early agenot only boosts her confidence to dream big, but also creates a positive impactin society. It is a pleasure to be associated with this noble cause which isactually making an impact on the lives of the girls.”
Continuing the efforts towardsupliftment of the girl child, Kanyathon has tied up with CRY Foundation as theofficial partner. Last year, the event raised Rs. 4.7 lakh and donated thisamount to CRY. This helped in sending 121,000 girls backto school and made 412 villages free from childmarriage and 1,016 villages free from child labour. Alongwith this, the fund helped in immunisation of 8,907 children between0-1 yrs of age. This year too, the institution will be donating the moneycollected from Kanyathon to CRY.
“Kanyathon is our step towardsensuring a bright future for the girl child. We believe that women are anintegral part of the society and strengthening them is building a better worldfor all. We will continue our support to organizations who have beencontributing to this noble cause,” said Sanjay Padode, Secretary, CDE (IFIMInstitutions).
The winners of the 10k marathon are James NDii in malecategory and Zinashwork Yenen Ambi in femalecategory.