CHENNAI, India – For many children in the poorest villages across Tamil Nadu, the chances of gaining an education are still fraught with hardships. For some, at least, that hope has become brighter thanks to the generosity of the Eureka Child's SuperKidz programme.
To show their support for quality education, 68 Global Business Services employees recently joined the 5 kilometre Eureka Run for Children, which raised funds to help send more children to school.
Ford sponsored the registration fee for the GBS volunteers, with each fee collected providing a child with three months of academic support through the Eureka Child's SuperKidz programme.
“Waking up at the crack of dawn on a Saturday morning and going for a run along the beach while watching a beautiful sunrise is pleasurable on multiple levels. Knowing that you are providing a child with three months of education magnifies this pleasure. I will gladly do this every week!” said an enthused Senthil Vel at the finish line.
The run was organized by the Eureka Child Foundation in association with RADIUS (Loyola Institute of Business Administration’s outreach wing).
The Eureka Child’s SuperKidz program currently benefits children in 1,000 of the poorest villages in Tamil Nadu, giving them access to interactive classes with fun learning activities, attractive workbooks and relevant learning material.
“The Eureka Run for Children witnessed enthusiastic participation not just from Ford employees, but their families too! Education is one of the four pillars our CSR initiatives are focused around. This run provided us, at Ford Global Business Services, with the perfect platform to showcase our support,” said Rajaram, general manager, HR, Ford Technology Services India.
Raghu Nadathur, director, Accounting & Internal Control, Asia Pacific and Africa, said that “I was pleased that several employees sprinted to the finish line with the same energy and enthusiasm with which they began the race. This event is yet another example of the several community service initiatives that Global Business Services employees proactively participate in."