Aditya Mehta Foundation and CRPF, hosted the ‘Solidarity Run and Ride’ in support of the cause, to show solidarity and raise awareness for Para-Athletes, on the eve of the World Disability Day at the People’s Plaza. The ‘Solidarity Run and Ride’ was flagged-off by H.E. Dr Tamilsai Soundararajan, Hon’ble Governor of Telangana. Also present were Dr SK Joshi, IAS, Chief Secretary, Govt of Telangana; Shri M.R. Naik, IG, CRPF; Shri Raja Mouli, Film Director; Ms Lakshmi Manchu, Actress; Shri Anjani Kumar, Commissioner of Police, Hyderabad; Shri Jayesh Ranjan, Principal Secretary, IT; Smt. Vanita Datla, VC & MD, Elico Ltd & AMF Trustee; Ms, Shilpa Reddy, Former Mrs. India & AMF Trustee; Shri Shobhu Yarlagadda, CEO, M/s ARKA Media Works, Producer Baahubali & AMF Trustee; Shri Dinakar Babu, IAS, MD, Sports Authority of Telangana; Shri K Durga Prasad, IPS, Ex-DG CRPF & AMF Trustee & Aditya Mehta, Founder of the Aditya Mehta Foundation.
The Run and Ride had an overwhelming response, with able-bodied enthusiasts showcasing enormous support to the cause and expressing solidarity, by participating in large numbers. Over 7000 participants took part in the various races at the Solidarity Run and Ride, including 10k cycle ride; 10k run and 5k run.
We would like to show that disabled people can accomplish as much or even better than many able-bodied people. It is also an opportunity to spread the word that road accidents are a major cause disability and that the Police plays a critical role in preventing such accidents and disability, says Aditya Mehta.
The event was supported by CRPF, Hyderabad Police, Cyberabad Police, Sports Authority of Telangana, Rachakonda Police; National Police Academy, CISF, Mindspace Raheja, Bharathi Cements, Flash, Aurobindo Pharma, B.N Rathi and Sons, HMDA, Continental Hospitals, Kotak Mahindra, SCSC, Macromedia, Mighty Events, Vajra Events, Aparna, and Hyderabad Runners.