More than 350 people – from toddlers through to senior citizens – joined the BAPS Annual 10K Challenge in South East London on Sunday 10 April 2016.
The charity challenge organised by BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS) brought together more than 300 enthusiastic participants from South East London for a fun and healthy way to raise money for a worthy charity.
The funds from this year’s event will go towards BAPS’s multifarious educational, community and spiritual activities serving children, youths, families and the elderly.
Previous national partners, under the auspices of BAPS and BAPS Charities, have included the British Heart Foundation, Diabetes UK, Breast Cancer Care, Age UK, Barnardo’s, KIDS, The Anthony Nolan Trust, and Macmillan Cancer Support.
The event kicked off shortly after 1.00pm from Chislehurst Sports and Country Club in Kent.
Following the opening ceremony, walkers, joggers and runners completed 20 laps around the sports ground, after which there were plenty of fun and games for participants of all ages – including an inflatable obstacle course, donkey rides, and face painting.
Sheetal Ryatt, one of the participants, shared, “It was a great fun day for the whole family. The children especially enjoyed themselves. I’m very pleased to be supporting BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha and all that they do for people here in the UK and around the world. I would definitely come again next year.”
One of the lead volunteers for the event, Parul Patel, added: “The 10K Challenge this year has been extremely successful. The enthusiasm and community spirit for the event has been amazing. We are really grateful to everyone who not only volunteered but also attended and showed their support for these worthy causes.”