Wow what a coincidence!!

For the upcoming  2014 TCS Bangalore10K, I am running  for a cause.  I will be supporting an NGO called ILP (India Literacy Project) which I became familiar with through my running group. I also volunteered to raise funds for ILP through BangaloreCare.  

This is my humble effort to raise funds for a cause close to my heart.  ILP is working in 17 states and 850 villages of India to make this basic right available. More about ILP and Bangalore Care can be found in their website. There is no amount as small amount when it is comes to collective power.  To make my pledge more personal, I began growing a beard inspired from “Beard-a-thon” which I am going to keep till the race day.

Let’s make India 100% literate! Click here to help me raise funds: Fundraise Detail  Bangalorecares.in

After sending the initial mail  and Facebook requests to friends and colleagues, I left for a 2 weeks vacation in April.  When I came back from vacation on 26th April, I was disappointed to find there were not much funds raised at all.  I am now making another round of chat, mail and socializing the idea to my friends and colleagues to gain support and funds.

Fortunately, I have been blessed with a wonderful set of friends and family. As of today, I have collected 40K INR  via the Bangalore Care website in last 2 weeks and  received around another 15K in personal account, as Bangalore care does not accept International Credit Card. I also collected funds directly in-person from a floor walk in Technopolis and will continue till this Friday 16th May. I also plan to apply for  a Matching Gift  in the hopes that the ILP would essentially receive double the amount raised by me through a grant from Thomson Reuters at work.

But there is another very interesting fact - I always recollect the first organized run I ran back in USA in 2000. That was a small run organized for Literacy Project for India in Shoreline - Mountain view (close to Google Campus . Shoreline being my primary running course, it was very natural that I participated  and was very happy with same.  However, being the first race,  still remember that Sunday morning quite well and had that T-shirt for long time as a memorabilia. 

Now after 14 years, today morning I just did a quick search and wondering if there will be a  digital foot print from that race?  Look what  found in few seconds. I am really emotional to see that I was there. And, both these are races are connected by same NGO - ILP.  I feel that my running life suddenly came to a full circle.