DC 10K Run to help victims of Phailin

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United Way of Hyderabad adopts 5 villages in Phailin-hit Ganjam of Odisha.

Vipul Khanna, Vijaya Lakshmi, Subba Rao, senior executive from ADP; Dr Ramesh Babu, founder member of Hyderabad 10K Run; Ramesh Khaza, Suchitra Ella, Rekha and Thyagarajan share a light moment during the press meet of the 11th edition of the

Hyderabad: The Hyderabad 10K Run Foundation will utilise the funds generated for victims of Phailin cyclone, flood relief and rehabilitation. United Way of Hyderabad, charity partner of the 10K Run Foundation for the second year, has adopted five villages in Ganjam district in Odisha.

The funds raised will go towards rehabilitation of livelihoods, health care facilities and schools in these villages.

The 11th edition of the run, to be held on November 24, will have 20,000 participants, including CEOs of many reputed companies. It will start from the People’s Plaza at 6 am. Deccan Chronicle is the title sponsor.

The race will have two new categories- Youth Challenge, and We Care runner. The corporate challenger, Dream Runners, Icon Runner and I Care Runner are other categories that continue from last year. Youth Challenge is a category specially designed for students.

Youngsters in the age group of 12 to 21 years can form a team of five and can choose from any of the NGOs registered.

“Under ‘Run for a Cause’, we have ‘Corporate Challenge’, designed for companies who wish to sponsor employee teams.

The Dream Runners is a special category meant for highly motivated individuals who feel passionately about the cause and commit to raise substantial sums towards the NGO of their choice. There are three categories, ICON runner- Rs 2,00,000, I Care Runner-Rs 1,00,000 and I Dream Runner- Rs 50,000.

For details visit www.unitedwayhyderabad.org,” said Dr. Ramesh Babu, founder of the Hyderabad 10 K Run. He also said it will test athletic excellence and provide an opportunity to donate and raise funds for charity.

Suchitra Ella, another member said that last year the run raised Rs 30 lakh. The target this year is Rs 36.52 lakh pooled in by 26 companies. By 2015 they hope to reach Rs 5 crore from each run.

Hyderabad is the first in India to start 10K run in 2003 which is now copied and being organised by 100 plus towns in India.