Two walkathons today promoting noble cause - The New Indian Express

Two walkathons today promoting noble cause

Published: 17th November 2012 10:36 AM

Last Updated: 17th November 2012 10:36 AM

If you are looking for reasons to take the first step towards getting fit and also to involve yourself in a social cause, today might just be the ideal day.

Two walkathons will be held in the city today, to spread awareness on diabetes and commemorate World Disability Day respectively.

With the objective to raise awareness about diabetes, 'Beat Diabetes Walkathon' is being held, starting from Kanteerava Stadium through Cubbon Park and back to the stadium.

The first ever 'Beat Diabetes Walkathon' in India was organised in Bangalore in 2010.

Now in its third edition, the walkathon has become an annual event to raise awareness about diabetes.

At a launch event, Kannada actors Sumalatha Ambarish, Sanjana and Vinayak Joshi were seen extending their support for the cause by taking free glucose screening tests along with Kabir Lumba, MD of the company organising the event.

In a press release issued on Friday by the organisers, Kabir Lumba said, “India continues be home to a high number of people affected by diabetes.

We recognise that awareness is the first step in the battle against diabetes.

With this objective, the 'Beat Diabetes' initiative works towards making people alert about the growing diabetes epidemic and encouraging people to embrace healthy eating habits, exercise every day and additionally, get regularly tested for the condition.

” Another walkathon will be held today by an NGO, Samarthanam and the funds raised through this will be used for the aid of 'T-20 World Cup for the Blind'.

The walkathon will start from Sri Kittur Rani Chennamma Stadium and is open to the general public.

More than 10,000 participants from various walks of life including celebrities from the film industry, former Indian cricketers, other NGO’s, people from MNCs and around 5000 disabled participants are expected to walk for the social cause.

One of the organisers of the event, Kishore Joseph said, "Its an annual affair and this is the eighth year of the event.

We conduct this walkathon to commemorate World Disability Day."

EVENT DETAILS

* Walkathon in aid of ‘T-20 World Cup for the Blind’ Where: Kittur Rani Chennamma Stadium, Near Cosmopolitan Club, Jayanagar 3rd Block When: Today (3pm)  * Beat Walkathon Diabetes-Third edition’ Where: Kanteerava Stadium to Cubbon Park When: Today (7am)

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