Come Jan 17th 2010, i am participating in the dream run in the Mumbai Marathon to support Laadli…for the girl child
When the founders of Laadli first mentioned it to me I refused. Because i had become a bit cynical about charity. Only because i found that in the past few years the mammoth efforts i had made towards collecting funds for the downtrodden( i have run three previous marathons for an NGO called Saathi) were being utilized to sponsor management picnics and travel camps and paying for management salary rather than going towards the desperately needy. Every time i asked for details on where the funds i had collected were being utilized i was given vague answers and sent a profit and loss statement which told me nothing.
So when Laadli asked me if i was willing to lend my support to their cause i was sceptical. Even though its a cause i beleive i was born to be involved in I refused..
But it didnt take long to convince me and so here I am-all ready to huff and puff through the streets of mumbai on the 17th of jan for Laadli
Like every year i know it will be a melee. A crazy stampede but I am still looking foward to it…
Unlike the previous years where i have particiated in the marathon, i have not made any preparations at all this time around.. No begging my generous friends for a donation. No personal trainer to jostle me out of bed at 5 am to run on the beach till i collapsed cramped and exhausted, no whey protein supplements to increase my muscle mass and stamina,no knee presses and back breaking exercises. No pressure of any kind.
So why am i blogging about it now? Because all i want to say is that I am proud to be running for Laadli-an organization dedicated to the welfare and upliftment of the girl child. An institution that fights against female foeticide and tries to give every girlchild her rightful place in the world
An organization that reitarates my faith about being the daughter and mother i am…
I am doing this for my laadli, my daughter Kaveri