In an effort to mobilise funds and extend support to hard working NGOs who undertake the welfare of destitute, socially and economically backward people; The Citizen’s Run trust was formed and launched by eminent Chennaiites.
The run which is organised every year since 1996 has people from varied backgrounds participating with enthusiasm.
The expressed aim of the run is to gain awareness and support for small voluntary non-government organizations actively engaged in quality work for the welfare of the socially, economically and physically disadvantaged.
The Trust selects the NGO’s, after proper verification, small, voluntary non-governmental organizations engaged in welfare activities in Chennai.
Quality work in the areas of literacy, adult and vocational education, mother and child health care, family welfare, sanitation and a cleaner Chennai, income generating activities for the handicapped and other areas contributing towards self-reliance, dignity of labour and the fight against intoxication and cruelty are being done.
The run will begin at 4 pm from Lady Willingdon College and will conclude at the Kamarajar Salai at 6pm. The Citizen’s Run Trust will empower these organizations and individuals engaged in social welfare work and those who lack the resources for a significant presentation of their work to a larger society.
The activities of these NGOs are periodically monitored.
The funds are realised through the sale of T-shirts (Rs. 200 each) and donations from corporate giants like Kasturi & Sons Ltd, Nokia, G K Shetty Builders Pvt., Ltd, Citibank, UNIFI Wealth Management, Ford India and TVS group. In commemoration of the 11th year of the run last year, the trust extended their support to the Suyam Charitable Trust, Andhra Balanandam Nursery and Primary School (Balananda Sangham Educational Trust) and Sarva Vidya with a contribution of Rs 1, 00,000 each.