Mumbai : 14th edition of Asia’s premier distance running event, the Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon (SCMM) once again captivated the country with its belief, courage, and passion. The impact of SCMM resonates beyond the race day itself. The marathon has, since its inception, aimed to empower lives by encouraging citizens to take a step in support of the less fortunate.
SCMM 2017 was no exception as it shattered previous records by raising INR 32.93 crores for charity in aid of multiple causes including Health Care, Education, Disability, Underprivileged Communities, Women Empowerment, Animal Welfare, Environment Conservation, Grassroots Sports Development, Elderly Care, Gender Equality, and Social, Civic, and Community Development through the efforts of its Philanthropy Partner, United Way India.
Commenting on this edition’s effort, Jayanti Shukla, Executive Director, United Way Mumbai, said, “SCMM highlights the generosity of numerous people who want to make a difference. As official philanthropy partner, United Way Mumbai facilitates fundraising for numerous causes, making SCMM the single largest philanthropic sporting event in India. The SCMM charity figures have risen steadily from INR 1.44 crores in 2004 to INR 32.93 crores in 2017.
She further added, “This time round, our theme for the charity aspect has been “Run Exceptional,” showcasing the outstanding efforts by people who have chosen to make their ‘run exceptional’by raising funds for worthy causes. The response that we have got from the corporate sector has been overwhelming as always. Each and every one of these amazing individuals has gone beyond dreaming about change by actively working towards it. They have lived up to the spirit of the SCMM and made their run exceptional!”
The Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon has consistently galvanized the NGOs, India Inc. and Individuals to bring about a social change.
The top three NGOs to raise funds were Shrimad Rajchandra Love and Care, Isha Vidya; and Amar Seva Sangam, which raised over INR 6.58 crores collectively.
Change Icons, are true crusaders for social change – Mihir Doshi; Husband-wife duo Sankara Raman &Ramani Sankara Raman; Villy Doctor; Abhay Jasani; and Anand Mahindra have collectively raised over INR 4.13 crores. Mihir Doshi
The Younger Leaders category was introduced in 2016 with an aim to encourage young philanthropists and instill the act of giving from an early age. This year, over 136 young leaders below the age of 21 years including 24 who were elevated to Change Runner, raised INR 1.97 crores for their respective NGOs
169 Change Runners raised over INR 11.92 crores
In his concluding remarks, Vivek B Singh, Joint Managing Director, Procam International said, “The Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon in the last 14 years has gone from a dream to one of India’s largest charity drives, and nothing makes us happier than to know that this effort continues and grows year after year. The marathon inspires individuals to be the change they want to see in the world; to make an impact, no matter how big or small. With the curtain drawing on the successful 2017 edition, we are grateful for all the support and faith our stakeholders have bestowed upon us and contributed to this sporting and social revolution.”
Procam International’s running events have proven time and again the strength and power of a Sport. These events have re-defined the Act of Giving and are a catalyst to bringing a positive change in our society. Today, Procam’s distance running events have emerged as the largest cause agnostic fundraising platforms in the country. Since 2004, they have brought to light causes of more than 700 NGOs, raising over INR 261 crores in charity.
WINNERS ACROSS DIFFERENT CATEGORIES:
Highest Fundraising NGO: Shrimad Rajchandra Love and Care – INR 3.83 crores
2nd Highest Fundraising NGO: Isha Vidhya- INR 1.47 crores
3rd Highest Fundraising NGO: Amar Seva Sangam – INR 1,27,51,500
Highest Fundraising Company: Credit Suisse Securities (India) Private Limited – INR 1,41,15,555
2nd Highest Fundraising Company: Kotak Mahindra Bank Limited – INR 1,30,42,729
3rd Highest Fundraising Company: Godrej and Boyce Mfg. Co. Ltd – INR 1,11,22,118
YOUNG INSPIRATION AWARDS
Highest Fundraising Young Leader (Change Champion): Adhiraj Johri – INR 25,25,617
2nd Highest Fundraising Young Leader (Change Leader): Malini, Saanya & Isha – INR 19,53,413
CHANGE ICONS – Individuals committing to raise INR 50 lakhs or above
Highest Fundraiser: Mihir Doshi – INR 1,30,67,555
2nd Highest Fundraiser: Sankara Raman & Ramani S Raman – INR 1,25,86,500
SCMM Change Icon: Villy Doctor – INR 54,23,732
SCMM Change Icon: Abhay Jasani – INR 52,51,000
SCMM Change Icon: Anand G. Mahindra – INR 50,00,000
CHANGE CHAMPIONS – Individual committing to raise a minimum of INR 25 lakhs
Highest Change Champion: K.V.S. Manian – INR 45,30,268
2nd Highest Fundraiser (Change Champion): Kirti Ramchandra Jain – INR 40,72,989
3rd Highest Fundraising (Change Champion): Sadashiv Rao – INR 38,35,014
SCMM Change Champion: Shanti Ekambaram – INR 34,46,493
Source : Sachin Murdeshwar