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Run For a Cause

November 2004
Run For a Cause

?Pave a Path' was the theme of the annual Vibha 5K Run/Walk, organized on September 25. Celebrating its sixth birthday, the event is organized to support the cause of underprivileged children in India and US. More than five hundred people gathered on a bright Saturday morning with a vision that the steps taken by them that morning will bring food and clothing to many needy children.

The event was marked by the enthusiastic atmosphere of the participants as well as the organizers as the picturesque setting of the downtown Atlanta loomed ahead from the Yellow Bridge on the 17th Street across 185. The volunteers comprised of students from Georgia Tech and young professionals from throughout Atlanta.

The Vibha 5K Walk for Men was won by Arun Mohan and the runners up Mohan Muddalur. Madhuri Vemulapalli won the trophy for the 5K Walk for Women while Andrell Johnson took the second place. While the casual walkers and runners slowly made it to the finish line, there were toddlers as old a three years participating in the 50meter dash! It was followed by the drawing, and Chess competitions. Free Kites were given to all children.

The Chief Guest, Ms. Ann Fauver, the Council member for the 6th district of Atlanta, congratulated all the volunteers and the participants and gave away the prizes. Susan Anderson from the Atlanta Day Shelter for Women and Children, the local beneficiary for the event thanked Vibha for its continued support.

Vibha thanks all its sponsors: Omnisoft, Pyramid Consulting, Future Tech Consulting, Proactive Resources, Khabar, Andy's Indian Grill, Caf� Bombay, Allied Informatics, Charter Global, Zee TV, American Telugu Association, Equifax, Foresters, Manhattan Associates, Vigilar, NetIP, ASAP, Synergy America, Coke, Kroger, Citadel Healthcare, Tek Systems, and Software Solutions Group.

In addition to Atlanta, the Vibha Walk/Run is also being conducted this year at Dallas, Austin, San Francisco, and Minneapolis. The funds raised from this national event will support an annual budget of six projects in India. Currently, Vibha is supporting sixteen projects in India and four projects in USA. The target for the year is to support between 20 and 25 projects in India.

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