Lions Clubs from District 323 A1, A2 and A3 sponsor Little Hearts Marathon
With the aim of advocating healthy hearts, Lions Clubs India has consecutively supported and collaborated with “Little Hearts Marathon”, a prestigious fund-raising event aimed at promote awareness about Preventive Cardiac diseases among children. True to their philosophy, “Where there is a need, there is a Lion”, Lions Clubs sponsored goodie bags and volunteered to form human chains to guide and encourage the participants of the race.
The Little Hearts Marathon which was held on 7th February, 2016 is an annual event organized by Bai Jerbai Wadia Hospital in association with Siddhivinayak Trust. The marathon also had a special agenda of endorsing a healthy lifestyle amongst children.
Children along with their parents participated in this marathon which started from Nardulla Tank Playground to Bai Jerbai Wadia Hospital, covering a distance of approximately 5 KM. The marathon was flagged – off by Special Guests, Cine Star Mrs. Shilpa Shetty Kundra and Mayor of Mumbai, Mrs. Snehal Ambekar. Lions Clubs of India were represented by District Governor of 323 A1 Lion Ravindra Kadel and District Governor of 323 A3 K.L. Parmar.
All guests and sponsors were grateful to be a part of such a noble event, Mrs. Shilpa Shetty Kundra stated, “I take this opportunity to applaud the work of Wadia Hospital for their efforts to endorse such a great cause. I’m grateful as I could be a catalyst in such a noble event.” Seconding Shipa Shetty Kundra’s thoughts, Mayor Snehal Amberkar took the opportunity to show special gratitude to all those who were involved. She said, “I wish luck to all participants, who today are a part of spreading awareness about cardiac diseases. I must also thank the organizers of the event, Staff from Wadia Hospital and sponsors who helped in building a successful event.”
Both Mrs. Shilpa Shetty Kundra and Mrs. Snehal Ambekar pressed on the fact that the need of the hour is to encourage young children to follow a healthy diet in which the intake of junk food should be replaced by healthy nutritious food that will aid children to be physically fit. Along with healthy diet, they also advised parents to engage children in outdoor activities.
The marathon was headed by young school children along with a band that played encouraging beats. Lion volunteers from District 323 A1, A2 and A3 formed human chains along the route to guide children and their parents.
Unhealthy lifestyle leads to cardiovascular diseases which often begin in childhood and adolescence. Lions Clubs has always been in the forefront in serving the community with their humanitarian projects, and supporting the marathon is one such ideal example.