Marathon madness, hatke Mumbai style
Over 60 disabled participants to fight for a clean, safe & disabled-friendly Mumbai
While many have been practicing and training hard for the Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon, some have even gone as far as to conduct dress rehearsals. The Society for Crippled Children recently organised a dress rehearsal for its students from across their three centres in Mumbai, Santacruz, Agripada and Antop Hill, for their theme this year, ‘Zara hatke, zara bachke, yeh hai Mumbai meri jaan’.
This year they’ve taken up the cause to make Mumbai cleaner, safer and more disabled-friendly, speaking on the occasion Manju Utamchandani, programme co-ordinator of SEC, said, “This year we are geared up to celebrate the spirit of Mumbai in the true sense of the term, not only are we happy to encourage and empower the children but to see the pure joy on their faces as they prepare, practice & participate is very rewarding.”
There are as many as 32 students and 35 adults (ex-students) that are participating this year with physical and multiple-disabilities. Some of the costumes include Sachin Tendulkar, Late Bala Saheb Thackeray, Salman Khan, a Kohli woman, a channawala, a traffic cop, etc. Some of these children will participate in a wheelchair while some will walk or run holding placards with a message and photographs of the city.