More than 50 people – from toddlers through to senior citizens – joined the BAPS Annual 10k Challenge in Havant on Sunday 14 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 Havant 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 2pm from BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Havant in the presence of Deputy Mayor Councillor Peter Wade and his wife Mrs Janet Wade.
After the opening ceremony, walkers, joggers and runners moved along the 10-kilometre route through the town in glorious summer sunshine.
One of the lead volunteers for the event, Rashmikant Shah, said, “Dementia is one of the country’s biggest silent killers. It was great to see so many people turn out to support this worthy cause.”