Renowned Ultra-marathoner, Dharmendra Kumar Begins his Cross-Country Charity Run for a Hunger-Free India

Joins hands with Akshaya Patra and Dharmendra to spread smiles of nourishment across the country

Published On: 2019-03-30

22 nd March, 2019, Delhi: Renowned ultra-marathoner and the co-founder of Bengaluru-based running club, Proton Sports, Mr. Dharmendra Kumar (also known as Dharma) has begun his cross-country charity run to promote the cause of Hunger-Free India and spread smiles of nourishment. The charity run was flagged off on Sunday, 17 th March, 2019, from Sultanpur Lodhi in Punjab. Along the route, he will spread awareness about The Akshaya Patra Foundation and raise funds to feed the Foundation’s beneficiary children.

Over the next six months, Mr. Dharmendra Kumar will be running across India on the route followed by Shri Guru Nanak Devji when he toured the country for his missionary journeys (Udasiya). Mr. Kumar said, “As a part of the 550th birth anniversary celebration of Shri Guru Nanak Dev Ji, I am running his 2 udasis across India. Inspired by Guru Nanak Dev Ji’s message Kirat karo, Naam japo, and Vand Chhako (meaning do your sincere labour, pray to God, and share among needy), I have taken up    the cause of Hunger Free India.” He further added, “I aim to raise funds to feed 1 million (10 lakhs) children supported by Akshaya Patra. I hope people across the world and especially India will donate generously to this cause.
 

Mr. Kumar will be covering 70-75 Km every day and cover over 12,000 km. He has planned this charity run in two phases.            In Udasi 1, which is the first phase, he will start from Sultanpur Lodhi and cover approximately 5,500 km over a period of 2.5 months. Over the course of this phase, he will be passing through major towns of North, Central, and Eastern India such as Ludhiana, Panipat, Delhi, Allahabad, Varanasi, Gaya, Guwahati, Dibrugarh, Shillong, Imphal, Kolkata, Cuttack, Bhubaneswar, Puri, Jhansi, Gwalior, Agra, Gurgaon, and return to Sultanpur Lodhi. In,Udasi 2, the second phase, he will cover the rest of India.

Mr. Shridhar Venkat, CEO of Akshaya Patra, thanked Mr. Dharmendra Kumar for his support to the organisation’s vision: No child in India shall be deprived of education because of hunger. Mr. Venkat also said “We are glad that Mr Kumar expressed his interest in spreading the word about Akshaya Patra in his charity run and encouraging young and skilled individuals to support our
cause with thetalents. It is important to note that community involvement is essential when we are working to serve children across the country.

About The Akshaya Patra Foundation

Akshaya Patra is a not-for-profit organisation, which strives to address classroom hunger and bring children to school by implementing the Mid-Day Meal Scheme in Government and Government-aided schools. Since 2000, the Foundation has    worked towards reaching more children with wholesome food on every single school day. The Foundation is continuously leveraging technology to cater to millions of children. Its state-of-the-art kitchens have become a subject of study and attract curious visitors from around the world. In partnership with the Government of India and various State Governments, and the inestimable support of many philanthropic donors and well-wishers, Akshaya Patra has grown from humble beginnings serving just 1,500 school children across five schools. Today, Akshaya Patra’s Mid- Day Meal Programme is the world’s largest (not-for-profit run) school lunch programme, serving wholesome food to over 1.76 million children from 14,702 schools across 12 states in India.

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Mr. Kumar will be covering 70-75 Km every day and cover over 12,000 km. He has planned this charity run in two phases.In Udasi 1, which is the first phase, he will start from Sultanpur Lodhi and cover approximately 5,500 km over a period of 2.5 months Mr. Kumar said, As a part of the 550th birth anniversary celebration of Shri Guru Nanak Dev Ji, I am running his 2 udasis across India.
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