12 May 2015, Bangalore: The TCS World 10K, yet again has been recognized as one of the largest charity raising platform in South India with over Rs. 3 Crores being pledged to more than 80 NGOs a week prior to the run from citizens in the city and globally.The TCS World 10K Bengaluru, in the last four editions has directly impacted lives of over 62,000 individuals and over 10 causes such as Education, Environment, Disability, Human Rights, & Protection of Wildlife amongst others.
Delighted at the funds raised with 5 days to the run, Chairman, India Cares, Murray Culshaw said, “We have 38 corporates sporting 48 teams and over 200 charity fundraisers and more than 6000 donors running for a cause on a Bangalore summer day and we are delighted at the participation and enthusiasm the city has shown towards supporting a cause.”
Commenting on the pledged amounts, Vivek Singh, Joint Managing Director Procam International added, “Our runs have always been strong fundraising platforms, and we are glad that even more people are stepping out of their homes for the run and donating to a cause while at it. We will continue to provide platforms that will allow citizens to contribute to their communities, making each of these runs even more meaningful.”
While the youngest fundraiser this year is 13-year-old Sidhdhant Desai, from Vidya Niketan who is raising money for Gujarat based NGO ‘Shrimad Rajachandra Love and Care’, 19 year old Catherine of Christ College who along with two friends have formed a Youth Cares Team to raise Rs 50,000/- for U & I Trust.
Bangalore Schools Sports Foundation (BSSF) ‘Champion in Me’- a customized sport-based initiative conceptualized by Elvis Joseph to develop and empower children and youth living with HIV/AIDS – will also field their runners and help raise money for their cause. India’s only double-amputee runner, 19-year old Madhusudan Hanumanthappa, also representing the BSSF, will be seen running for charity on customized prosthetic legs on Race Day in the 4 KM Champions with Disability run. Hoskote’s Babu Seenappa will also be running for BSSF in a different category. An HIV positive teenager, Babu will be seen exhibiting his athletic best, running the Majja Run on May 17th.
Chip Kingery, Founder of proVISION Asia, also announced that the NGO would be contributing 10% of the funds raised through the platform to rehabilitation work in Nepal. Other NGO’s committing their funds to the relief work in Nepal includes India Cares, Baale Mane & Bal Utsav.
The CEO Dash will see 7 CEOs from companies that have fielded teams in the Corporate Cares category.
Concluding, Chairman, India Cares, Murray Culshaw said, “India Cares has been associated with the TCS World 10K Bengaluru since its inception and we believe that strong social responsibility is as required for the wellness ofthe society as much as being fit. The need for a more caring society is undoubtable, we encourage every runner, their family, friends, indeed everyone, to realize the power they have to use this platform of the TCS World 10k, to bring about positive change, to a cause they believe in.”