‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ – Run for the Girl Child Noida
future post: 19thFebruary 2017, Noida, Uttar Pradesh
On an otherwise regular Sunday morning,the students, staff and supporters of Pardada Pardadi Educational Society organised the first edition of its Noida half-marathon with knowledge partner Run With Me.
Along the Noida-Greater Noida expressway in the quiet service lanes, a large crowd consisting of students from nearby schools, friends and supporters of PPES, representatives of corporate sponsors and local enthusiasts; all eager to run for the causeof ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’.
The event was a mega success with over 500 participants, and enjoyed the support of renowned names in Noida like FuturePost (magazine partners), Amar Ujala (media partner), I Village, Apollo Hospitals (wellness partner), Noida Moms (Community Partner), The MomzNation and, and FeedOn.
What started as an initiative to capacitate rural females to be able to earn a small income has now turned into a revolution regarding how the villages of Anupshahr perceive their womenfolk. PPES constantly strives towards holistic rural development through education, employment and empowerment of girls and women. Through four schools in Anupshahr, PPES provides free-of-cost, value-based education to nearly 1400 girls.
About three years ago, in addition to its regular educational and vocational training programmes, the Society started an initiative in the form of a rural half-marathon to spread awareness about equal opportunities for the girl child in and around the villages of Anupshahr. Last year, an additional 10k Charity Run with 1000 runners was organised in Bulandshahr in July 2016 to further spread the message about girl child education and their right to participate in sports.
Now bringing this initiative under the banner of ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ to an urban NCR crowd, the first edition of the Pardada Pardadi Noida Half-Marathon was organised on 19th February 2017.
Kargil war veteran and quadruple Limca record holder Major D.P. Singh joined the cause as the Chief Guest. He is famous as the Indian Blade Runner for having successfully completed 18 half-marathons including two in extreme high altitude conditions.
Bringing a change is never easy but everything can be achieved with conviction. Major Singh spread this message in his motivational speech, “Overcome all challenges till you reach your goal whether in the half-marathon or in life – run till you find what you are looking for”.
Mr. Lokender Singh, a Board Member of PPES, emphasised on the importance of enjoying the run and feeling the satisfaction which comes with spreading a positive message rather than only winning.
Ms. Renuka, CEO of PPES, said ‘It is very inspiring to see that the girl child has a chance to run towards her goal and make her mark and identity’.
Coach Ravinder Singh from Run with Me emphasised how participating in a run like this required conviction and shapes up very important aspect of a person’s identity. “Acquire your unique identity, be a runner – Run a half marathon to become one in a million”.
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