Changing Statistics, Together

I will be hitting my 30th Birthday in 8 more days.

Not a big deal, except the fact that I don’t really understand or enjoy celebrations on the day, and hence have decided to move away from more such non-essential formalities as I take on the next years of my life. What I intend to replace them with is more conscious decision and action, to make more things happen, and to create meaningful impact for a few more individuals along the course of my journey.

Now it might sound all altruistic & shiny, but let me state it is hardly so given I am more or less ‘selfishly’ working majorly only with the organizations I advise (and/ or hold equity in) the rest of the year – By changing this, I hope to achieve a more focussed opportunity to use and leverage my skills and learnings with a few more genuine individuals and organizations who are really working on grass-root level social change.

This year, I have been invited by, & am partnering with, ‘Child Rights and You (CRY)’ ; to run 21.1 Kilometers in the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon (ADHM 2015) as a CARE Champion (Diamond) for them.

By doing so, I intend to raise INR 5 Lakh, or approximately, $7800 towards the immunization of 400 infants, 0 – 1 years of age.

FYI, I am a hard core foodie, have almost always been on the healthier side, and have not really been into training-till-I-cry-myself-to-sleep for a major part of my life (> 95% till now) : In short, I am not a regular runner, not an athlete, and this is definitely not amongst the easiest things I have done.

I realize that not only has this commitment helped me personally overcome my previously-set notions of my physical limits ; but the process can help CRY get 400 infants to the next level of survival. Here are a few not-so-fun facts:

  • 0.7 Million infants die in the first 4 weeks after their birth
  • 1 Million infants die before reaching their first birthday
  • Only 44% of children 12 – 23 months are fully immunized against the 6 major preventable diseases
  • 45.9% of children under 3 are underweight
  • 80% of children under the age of 3 have anaemia

For the campaign undertaken, you can add power to the efforts underway to change all this, for as low as INR 100 (less than $2).

If we work together, we can make the statistics change for the better. My hope is, together we will.

Changing Infant Mortality Statistics | Picture Credit : Child Rights and You (CRY)
Changing Infant Mortality Statistics | Picture Credit : Child Rights and You (CRY)

A huge shoutout to all the brilliant leaders who are partnering for the initiative:

  • Achyut Hatimuria & Joymalya Das are doing a Pictures Project capturing the experience of representing CRY at ADHM and training for my first ever Half Marathon attempt.
    The pictures project will cover the experiences spread across 4 days including (a) Site visit to the Grassroot NGOs, (b) Marathon Training, (c) Influencer Evening, (d) Day of ADHM 2015.


Note For the incredible and kind individuals, who have been reaching me towards long term non-profit initiatives – I have already been invited by a genuine organization working on grass root level issues with the United Nations & some incredible world leaders, to work with them, plus represent them in the ADHM next year (now that I think of it, yep, more than a year in advance); and I have already confirmed the same with them. Best,