2008 Marathon : Running for Education

Hello.. Thank you for visiting this page. As you know, I have run the 2004 and 2005 Chicago Marathons. For the last 2 years, I have taken a hiatus from running and have finally decided to get back into the groove. The marathon is a grueling 26.2 miles run and one needs to be very (VERY) motivated to finish it :). While, I was trying to find the motivation to run for the marathon this year, I came across a handout describing team Asha in one of the 8Ks I ran this year.

I have heard of the Asha foundation before and wanted to be some part of their noble mission. The Asha foundation, provides education for the underprivileged children in India. They have multiple projects all around India to support this mission. I personally believe, education is the greatest gift one can give to another human being. Yes, donating money to feed a hungry person or for rebuilding a earthquake hit village are great causes, but providing education to a person ensures that he/she doesn’t have to go hungry or is able to learn, how to escape from that earthquake. I personally believe that there is a lot of outpouring and attention for calamities (rightfully so) but long term challenges like educating the needy go unsupported.

So this year, I have decided to “Run to Educate“. As part of the challenge, I have pledged to raise $1,800 towards supporting 4 projects that Asha is running in India. Please help me full fill my pledge by clicking on the button below and donating via the Asha website.

 

If you don’t feel comfortable, donating via credit card, please send me an e-mail at vinay@kudithipudi.org with your mailing address and I will mail you a pre-stamped envelope to mail the check.

I am going to publish frequent updates to this page about my training and any other related information to Asha.

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