Marathons have become one of the most popular events on winter weekends with a run scheduled nearly every Saturday or Sunday. One of them though stands out. Organised by Friends of Tribals Society (FTS) on December 22, the run aims to raise resources for setting up more one-teacher schools to educate children from marginal sections of rural and tribal communities.
The second edition of Ekal Run marathon in Kolkata will be flagged off from Sector V in Salt Lake on Sunday morning. The 21-km run will begin at 5.10am; the 10km run at 6.15am, 5km run at 7.30am and 3km run at 7.45am. Around 2,788 people had participated in the first edition of the run.
“We expect a similar response this year. All funds received from the initiative will be contributed towards the education of tribal and rural children under the Ekal Abhiyan movement of FTS,” said FTS secretary Niraj Kumar Harodia A non-profit, non-governmental voluntary organization, FTS was set up in Kolkata in 1989 with the aim to provide five-fold education: functional literacy, health care, educational development, empowerment, and ethics and value education.
The 34 chapters of Ekal Run across India have contributed to the formation of 1,01,417 Ekal Vidyalayas or one-teacher schools with 25,62,835 students.
Source: Times of India