In partnership with the United Sisters Foundation, WaterAid India (WAI) supported by its Delhi partner FORCE and Nine is Mine Campaign, organised events on the first weekend of September 2016 in the run up to Pinkathon- India’s largest women’s only marathon.
Pinkathon, with model and actor Milind Soman among its founders, was created to stress on the adoption of a fitter life among women, and to increase awareness on issues that place women’s lives at risk. Funds raised at the event are channelled towards providing treatment to underprivileged women with breast cancer, and free mammograms.
As race participants streamed in to the Select City Walk Mall in Delhi’s Saket area to collect their race bibs on 3 September 2016, forty children from the Nine is Mine campaign in Delhi were present spreading cheer and messages on water, sanitation and hygiene, and WAI’s Healthy Start campaign. Children from Nine is Mine also performed a dance show and organised a flash mob on the importance of WASH and the need for educating people and spreading awareness on it. There was a circus show as well, drawing the attention of passing shoppers. Milind Soman was present at the event and shared his views on the importance of water security.
This was followed by the presence of WAI and FORCE, supported by 38 girls on the race day on 4 September at JLN Stadium, New Delhi. The young girls from WAI’s intervention areas ran the first three kilometres at the event alongside the race goers in support of Healthy Start and WASH. The race saw almost 8000 women running in different categories.
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