Pinkathon, as they say is, ‘India’s biggest women run’. It’s an initiative of United Sisters Foundation. Pinkathon celebrates women hood. It is about creating awareness and empowering women of all ages to take control of their own health, respecting themselves and understanding and celebrating the value they bring to the family and society. It was created with the purpose to highlight the need for increased awareness about breast cancer and other issues that put women’s lives at risk.
Mitra Jyothi got an invitation to participate in Pinkathon ,which was held on 27th January at Kanteerva stadium. We have been an active participants of Pinkathon since 2018 and we support the cause. Our beneficiaries were very excited and they started their training since last month. About 30 girls with couple of women staffs participated. They were trained everyday by Ms Sapna, Mr Vardharaj and Mr Gautam. Pinkathon had four categories namely 3km , 5km , 10km , and Half Marathon. Our team participated in 5km run with a guide runner for each.
On 27th January, a bus carried all our participants to Kanteerva stadium at 5 am. Upon arrival, all participants were welcomed with snacks and refreshments. Some warm up exercises and bollywood dances were performed. Everyone enjoyed these warm up exercises and they were all set to march for the Pinkathon. 5 km race started at 7 am. Mitra Jyothi was the only NGO which participated in the event. Our regular marathon runner and last year winner Ms Anneyamma finished the race in 33 minutes and came first this year as well. She was awarded with a medal, a shield in braille, and bajaj juicer. Ms. Namita came second and she got a medal and a cooker. Ms Gayatri became 3rd and she got a medal and an iron box. After the conclusion of award ceremony, breakfast was organised for all participants.
All the girls were very happy to have participated and supported this important cause. More than spreading the cause, our girls set an example that nothing is impossible. If we aspire to do something then disability cannot stop anyone from moving further. Dedication and hard work can help to achieve their goal. We look forward to participate in many more similar events.