More than 50 people – from toddlers through to senior citizens – joined the BAPS Annual 10k Challenge in Coventry on Sunday 7 May 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 Coventry 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.
The event kicked off shortly after 10am from the War Memorial Park in the presence of a representative of Alzheimer's Society.
After the opening ceremony, walkers, joggers and runners moved along the 10-kilometre route which involved four rounds of the park.
Poonam Jagatia, one of the participants, shared, "It was an excellent day out which was thoroughly enjoyed by all who attended. We raised funds for a charity that will support those diagnosed with dementia and also for the upcoming renovations of our local mandir. It was a great day to spend with friends and family."
One of the lead volunteers for the event, Pravin Karia, added, "Everyone was involved from the local mandir, from the young to the senior members. We raised funds for a great cause and were able to communicate and raise awareness of the important work that Alzheimer's Society and the Mandir do."