On a fine, mildly cold Sunday morning on the 12th of November, we held the first Rang De ‘Run To Empower’ at the IIM, Bengaluru campus. The three-kilometer run was held to raise funds for Rang De’s mission to fight poverty. As the people gathered early in the morning cold to run for a cause, Aparna Prabhudesai, our Guest of Honour for the event, took the stage.
Aparna is the first woman from Maharashtra to climb and reach the summit of Mount Everest. Aparna’s story is doubly inspiring because as recently as 2012, she was confined to a wheelchair after an accident. Not one to give up or lose hope, she began strength training to get out of the wheelchair, running for three kilometers in 2013 and eventually making the trek to the Everest base camp in October 2013. Inspired by the view of the Mount Everest from up close, Aparna began intense training for the ascent of the mountain. Nearly four years later, she finally climbed the summit of Everest in May 2017.
At the Run To Empower, Aparna shared her story with the audience before flagging off the run. It was delightful to see the enthusiasm of the participants; groups of friends, workmates, fitness enthusiasts, even families with their children ran along the track inside the campus in support of Rang De’s mission to fight poverty.
The run ended with breakfast and plenty of smiles with many more people joining RangDe.Org in our mission to fight poverty. Running for a cause is always special, and we are thankful to all the people who joined us to make this event a grand success.
A special thank you to Aparna Prabhudesai for joining us for the run and to our sponsors Optum India, Jagadish Tours & Travels, 29k Investment Advisers Pvt. Ltd, Gold’s Gym and Vikasana Social Service Club (IIM) for making the event possible.
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