More than 50 people – from toddlers through to senior citizens – joined the BAPS Annual 10k Challenge in Nottingham on Sunday 30 April 2017.
The charity Challenge brought together more than 3,000 enthusiastic participants from towns and cities across the UK for a fun and healthy way to raise money for various worthy causes and local charities.
The funds from this year’s event in Nottingham will go towards BAPS’s multifarious educational, community and spiritual activities serving children, youths, families and the elderly. In addition, this year’s national charity partner with BAPS is Alzheimer’s Society, one of the country’s largest charities fighting dementia.
Previous national partners for BAPS and BAPS Charities have included Age UK, the Anthony Nolan Trust, Barnardo’s, Breast Cancer Care, the British Heart Foundation, Diabetes UK, KIDS, and Macmillan Cancer Support. Locally, the Challenge has helped Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance.
The event kicked off shortly after 1pm from Rushcliffe Country Park, Ruddington.
After the opening ceremony, walkers, joggers and runners moved along the 10-kilometre route through the picturesque country park.
Manju Rughani, one of the participants, shared, “I really look forward to this event every year and especially this year as it was for Alzheimer's Society and just after my 80th birthday. Thank you to Pujya Bapa for giving me the strength to do this satisfying seva.”
One of the lead volunteers for the event, Snehal Dave, added, “Every year at this time, we're all excited to get out and do something good for society. BAPS is helping so many children and families, and this year we’re also supporting Alzheimer’s Society. It's great to be a part of such a good cause.”