Rs 1.63 crore for 84 NGOs raised till date through TCS World 10K Bangalore 2012
Long distance road races around the world are some of the biggest platforms to raise charity, benefiting various causes and countless individuals. This trend has proved true in India too, with the three distance running events promoted by Procam International emerging the single largest charity raising platforms in the cities they are run in.
The TCS World 10K Bangalore, over the years, has seen the citizens of Bangalore responding in champion fashion to the charity drive associated with the event, helping raise over Rs 5 crore in four years. This year, there are early indications that the figures raised for charity will exceed the collection of all previous years, with Rs 1.63 crore already accounted for, benefiting 84 NGOs.The event this year will also see 20 corporates with 22 teams, over 500 charity fund raisers and above 6000 donors.
This was announced by Murray Culshaw, Chairman Bangalore Cares, the official Charity Partner to the TCS World 10K Bangalore 2012, in the presence of K Jairaj, Additional Secretary, Govt. of Karnataka, Nagraj Ijari (VP, Tata Consultancy Services) Vivek B Singh, Jt. Managing Director, Procam International and some of the individuals who have worked selflessly to raise money for charity.
The occasion was also used the announce the nominations for the 'People's Green Award", a platform provided by the TCS World 10K Bangalore to admire and acknowledge people who share the event's dream to make the earth a greener and better place to live in.
According to Bangalore Cares, who are facilitating the surge in the way individuals are making a difference in the social sector, the last four editions have shown that individual giving is very vibrant in the city. This year, individual fundraising too is leading the way with an increased number of individuals taking up the challenge of fundraising for an NGO they care about. The charity raising module is facilitated, coordinated and monitored by Bangalore Cares. All funds raised through the event are routed through the Charity Partner.
Murray Culshaw, Chairman, Bangalore Cares said,"We always believe in the power of an individual, as a donor and a fundraiser and this platform proves that. Over the last editions, we have facilitated over Rs5 crore in fund raising for 150 NGOs. It is always a feel good spirit to see Bangaloreans coming forward and raising funds wholeheartedly."
K Jairaj, Additional Chief Secretary, Govt of Karnataka, said, "I have held many positions through the years in BIAL, AIMA, KSRTC, IIMs and currently with the Government of Karnataka too. That is my work. I am also the President of The Association for the Mentally Challenged (AMC), the first institution in Karnataka for the care of intellectually challenged and the second national level institution serving this group of people. Some of the immediate requirements, like a bus to transport our students, an actual staff, instead of just depending on volunteers need to be met if we have to make a better impact, for which I have decided to be CARE CHAMPION and raise funds through the TCS World 10K Bangalore 2012 for AMC."
Mike Holland, CEO of Assetz Property, Care Champ and a Corporate Cares member for provision Asia said, "I have been involved with provision Asia (PVA) for a number of years and feel privileged to be associated with such a great bunch of people. Taking part in the 4k in a wheelchair has got to be tougher than 10k on two legs so my run is dedicated to all those folks of PVA, able bodied or in a wheelchair, who have worked tirelessly over two decades to raise awareness of the disabled in our society."
Parthasarathy Namakal, President & COO of Mindtree said,"Every life is a miracle and deserves to be nurtured, regardless of where it is born. The highest medical advancements mean nothing if they do not find their way to the poorest. For us as doctors knowing the problem has a solution but is out of reach for the common man makes it all the more poignant". He is fundraising for Sparsh Foundation, and the NGO wasn't even aware of this effort when he started!