by V Vandana Mamidanna
Ended on March 20th 2019
India Run Festival is an endeavor by Think Peace Organization to bring together the entire Indian diaspora living in foreign lands to come together as one united community and to run for fitness, fun, and to give back to the society. The festival resonates with the spirit of India and her philosophy of “vasudhaiva kutumbakam” (the world is one family), where Indians around the word will unite with a goal to give back to their motherland and the land that nurtures them. The event reflects the colors, strength, diversity and dynamism of the Indian diaspora and their commitment to make the world a better place.
The most integral aspect of the India Run Festival is that the funds raised through the event will be shared between the humanitarian causes in India and the country in which the the event is conducted.
We are on a world tour, and the first India Run festival will be hosted in Melbourne on 31st March, 2019 and is a great opportunity to create a community engagement that works for building the healthiest communities in Australia and India.
The proceeds of the festival in Melbourne will be divided in between Think Peace Organisation, working with the tribal villages in India, the families of our soldiers martyred in the dastardly attack of Pulwama, and Cathy Freeman foundation working with the aboriginal communities in Australia.
Think Peace is a not for profit in India working to lower the development deficit in the tribal regions of India through community centered planned interventions in education, health care, sports and livelihood. The goal of the organisation is to facilitate a comprehensive sustainable tribal village development model, which can be scaled and replicated across India, and allow the tribes to benefit from their social and economic life.
Following the terror attack on the CRPF forces in Kashmir, the entire Nation has come forward to reach out to our Martyrs who lost their lives. A part of the proceeds from the run will be donated to the families to support their living.
A third portion of the funds will be donated to Cathy Freeman Foundation in working with the aboriginal communities in Australia for the well-being of children and their education. The foundation adopts a holistic approach in creating positive education outcomes, an integral component of this approach being employing local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff to run their programs in the community.
The event has been planned to be highly engaging and high in entertainment value. Yoga workshop, Indian dance party and celebrity participation are a few components of the festival.
Running can be very challenging but rewarding. By deciding to run for a charity, you are not only raising awareness and funds for a valuable cause, but also investing in your personal fitness and well-being. You will end up fitter than you have been in sometime, or potentially your entire life and directly contribute to making this world a better place.
India Run Festival is a family friendly event for all ages on the gorgeous main Yarra trail along the Yarra river for a perfect running experience. You can test your stamina in a fast and fun 5K race for a finisher medal or spice up an Indo-Aussie friendship 3K parade with an inspiring costume for the best costume award and a finisher medal. For our young juniors under 15 years of age, the 3K Juniorthon race will encourage them to lead an active lifestyle along with raising funds for a charity. In addition, you can celebrate our culture by dancing to bollywood music, enjoying the food stalls or simply cheer our family and friends.
This is our inaugural festival. As we move across countries, we will be engaging with Indians around the world and raising funds for more humanitarian causes across the world. We want to make the event a global annual event and a continous channel for the Indian community to come together and run in support of their chosen causes around the world. We need a lot of support to make this festival a huge success. Your support will go a long way in building great communities around the world!