CHENNAI, India – Ford employees volunteered and ran over 10 km in the sun on Sunday afternoon to support the development of socially, economically and physically disadvantaged groups. Ford India was one of the sponsors of the 13th Citizens' Run, which attracted about 7,000 participants.
Nearly 100 volunteers from Ford India's workforce enthusiastically joined the run wearing Ford-branded T-shirts. "We are proud to see Ford India help the social cause and extend our support by participating," said Manoj, a volunteer from Ford's Finance team who ran the entire stretch.
The run is organised every year to raise funds for lesser-known non-governmental organisations who are working for the development of the socially, economically and physically disadvantaged groups. The Citizens’ Run Trust (CRT), a charitable organisation in Chennai, has been organising the cross city run every year since 1996 to create awareness and support for social issues and handing over the proceeds to the NGOs.
"It is a privilege for Ford India to be associated with the Citizen’s Run for the second year in succession. The Citizen’s Run program is a commendable forum for us to reach out to deserving NGOs in Chennai and it is our constant endeavour to connect, involve and engage towards the betterment of facilities that impact communities," said Nigel Wark, executive director, Marketing, Sales and Service of Ford India, during his message to the participants.
The run covered a distance of approximately 10 km from Lady Willingdon College of Education on Marina beach up to The War Memorial. Anyone wishing to participate could join at any point en route either by walking or running a part of the distance.
Citizens from all walks of life – schoolchildren, youths, executives and senior citizens – took part in the run which also saw participation of some physically challenged children on wheelchairs.
"We try to promote citizens' awareness of social issues and enable everyone to 'run for a cause'. Thank you all for making it an overwhelming success," said Minnie Menon, one of the trustees of CRT.
| Schoolchildren who took part in the run.|