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Preparing for SCMM2013

My first experience of "serious" running was courtesy, Manjunath, a good friend at TCS. Like my general approach, i do a lot of reading on any subject, that i foresee to spend considerable amount of time or effort...though the decision to get into it might have been impulsive. So today let me talk about my first thoughts... on a warm sultry afternoon in May, i happened to meet Manjunath and soon we got talking about our interests - reading was mine and running was his. But he has been reading about running, about a certain Ultramarathon man called Dean Karnazes. When he explained the methods behind the madness (Dean has run 50 marathons in all 50 states in 50 consecutive days), i got hooked. Not that i am an avid runner or a great athlete otherwise. Just the thought that how disciplined this man must have been...and that is what made me agree to running. Running is ONE sport where there is no one else to compete with. It is you and only you. Only your body matters. Only your Mind matters. I read somewhere, it is a lifelong sport. and a journey into one's self. Well said. So i agreed to spend more time discussing the book with Manju. Manjunath has run a few marathons himself and was encouraging people to take up to running in TCS. I decided to run from the next day when i heard Manjunath recall from Dean's first book - Ultramarathon Man - "Run when you can, walk if you have to, crawl if you must; just never give up"... Please watch this. http://becovasconcellos.blogspot.in/2012/01/video-real-life-superhuman-man-that-can.html Happy New year. Run with a smile. Enjoy
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Introducing our SCMM 2013 supporters - 04 - Maneka Chotirmall

Introducing our SCMM 2013 supporters - 04 - Maneka Chotirmall
Maneka isn't a Dream Category runner - she chose to run for LIFE Trust by picking up one of our Half-Marathon charity bibs. When we asked her to pledge raise for us, she was gracious enough to set up an online donation page and to reach out to her contacts and has subsequently seen great success in bringing in additional funds for our cause! We'd like to highlight here the importance of individuals like Maneka, much like Mr. Mahadevan, recently profiled by Under the Mango Tree, who rise towards the occasion and extend their support towards efforts that they believe in. Opportunities such as the SCMM/UWM charity system today offer unprecedented simplicity for people to contribute towards social causes on a large scale and it would be great if information about Maneka's contribution could help spread awareness about the platform(s). Maneka currently works as a Social Media Executive with Skarma, a design outfit in Mumbai. Prior to this, she has worked as a Digital Marketing Consultant with publishers Conde Nast in Mumbai and as an English teacher at Berlitz in Kobe, Japan!     We wish Maneka all the best with her training for the Half-Marathon. If you would like to support her pledge raising efforts, her online pledge page will continue to receive donations (entirely free from transaction fees) until January 31st at this link: http://www.unitedwaymumbai.org/donation.php?ngo_id=104&sup_id=2072 Thank you to Maneka and all our supporters!
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Meet Mahadevan: Passionate about Bees, Running and a Wonderful Supporter!

Meet Mahadevan: Passionate about Bees, Running and a Wonderful Supporter!
Two years ago, we received a phone call from a gentleman who said he was very distressed to see beehives being burnt in a school he was associated with...he had done a google search and found us..so he wanted to come and learn more about our work...so we kind of said yes and forgot about it.  Being a start up with a small team, our work took us into the interiors of Gujarat and Maharashtra and we were rarely in our Mumbai office....but Mahadevan was very persistent and one fine day he landed up in our office....we had a long chat, he was a software engineer by profession and had read up voraciously about bees.  Thanks to his interest and enthusiasm, we started an urban beekeeping course in Mumbai in 2011 to increase awareness about bees and their role in our environments.  He is a great supporter of ours, always there when we need him. He used his technical skills to help us create an MIS for better monitoring of beeboxes with the farmers. When we didnt have enough money to make the initial payment for Charity Bibs in SCMM 2013, we reached out and he loaned us Rs 10,000!  Thank you Mahadevan for always being there for us and wish you all the best as you prepare for SCMM 2013!   
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Stories from our supporters - 02 - The Nomura Group

Stories from our supporters - 02 - The Nomura Group
Our supporters Nomura have partnered with several NGOs in India to pursue CSR initiatives in health, education, civic engagement and other activities that benefit local communities. Their donations have supported organizations such as Help Age India, Mumbai Mobile Crèches, DEEDS (Development, Education, Empowerment of the Disadvantaged in Society), LIFE Trust and the National Association for the Blind. Overall, Nomura India has set up a wide range of opportunities for employees to volunteer in the community, including a partnership with UDAAN, in which employees help underprivileged students in their studies and preparation for exams. When Nomura partitipated in the Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon, Asia’s largest charity race, in 2011, their employees organized three fundraisers for the Marathon - Art for charity, Books for charity and Jeans for charity. The funds were donated to LIFE Trust, Sight Savers India and Save the Children. Employees also raised funds for the UDAAN India Foundation by buying decorative items made by the children who are part of the Dropout Remedial Program (DOR) for girls.       Nomura this year also made a very generous donation of workstation computers to LIFE Trust and also contributed an HP Laser printer that we're using daily at the office! LIFE Trust would like to acknowledge the support we have received from Nomura, and would welcome their participation if they choose to return to the Marathon next year! Thank you for all your support!
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Stories from our supporters - 01 - Sabero Organics

Stories from our supporters - 01 - Sabero Organics
Sabero participated in India’s biggest sporting event and one of the largest platforms for raising funds for charity – The Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon on January 16, 2011 with great zeal and enthusiasm in the Dream Run category. In all, 40 employees took part in this mega event under the sporting leadership of Mr. Mohit Chuganee, Vice Chairman & M.D., Sabero Group Of Companies. Mr. Nathan Rijsinghani, son of Mr. Jayant Rizsinghani, Director, Sabero Organics Americas Ltd., Brazil, specially flew down from Brazil to take part in the run and thoroughly enjoyed it, taking back fond memories. Sabero ran for its charity partner – LIFE Trust, an NGO – that works with the government to introduce various programmes at the school and pre-school levels to improve the quality and accountability of the education system for underprivileged children. Its vision is to make ‘School Chalo’ the mantra of every child in India. For the participants from Sabero, it was a thrilling sporting extravaganza and an enriching experience.       We're grateful to Sabero for their support - although they couldn't make it to the Marathon this year, we greatly look forward to their support in next year's edition!
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Happy Holidays from MMC!

Would like to wish you a very happy holiday season and new year! We hope that you are getting to spend time with friends and family as you celebrate the season. We are celebrating here in Mumbai with the children at our centres! Your generous donations and contributions to our centres have made an enormous difference in the lives of children living on construction sites in Mumbai and for that we are extremely grateful.  We are excited to see you all at the marathon in January and to continue working with you throughout the year in order to insure that migrant children get the education and healthy, happy childhoods that they deserve.  We wish you a wonderful, happy, holiday! See you in 2013!-Team MMC
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Introducing our SCMM 2013 supporters - 02 - Rohan Batra (Dream Maker)

Introducing our SCMM 2013 supporters - 02 - Rohan Batra (Dream Maker)
After introducing Mr. Kabir Lumba in our last post, we're delighted to share that Rohan Batra, our Dream Maker in the SCMM 2011 has returned as a Dream Maker for LIFE Trust in the SCMM 2013! In the words of the man himself: "Different runners have different reasons for racing, I find that supporting a cause that is close to my heart is the best kind of motivation." My name is Rohan Batra and I have been a runner for three years. In those three years I have learnt one important lesson; the purpose of running, in the words of Bill Bowerman, "isn't to win the race; it's to test the limits of the human heart". I chose to run for LIFE Trust because it is an effective organisation that delivers tangible and transparent results in its activities. It is with this confidence that I when I race for LIFE Trust, I know I am having a direct effect upon someone's life. To have an NGO like LIFE Trust, to whom I have made a promise, provides me the motivation I need to train hard with discipline and to test my own limits as a runner.   We feel proud and privileged to have a supporter like Rohan running for us! To support his efforts, you may make an online donation (entirely free from transaction fees) directly via the following link: http://www.unitedwaymumbai.org/donation.php?ngo_id=104&sup_id=1590 Thank you to everyone who's made Rohan's effort a success - his page will continue to accept donations until January 31st, so do spread the word!  
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Introducing our SCMM 2013 supporters - 01 - Kabir Lumba (our Dream Champion)

Introducing our SCMM 2013 supporters - 01 - Kabir Lumba (our Dream Champion)
Having covered our participation in the Mumbai Marathon in 2011 and 2012 in earlier posts, we'd like to introduce our individual supporters for the 2013 Marathon. Who better to start with, than Kabir Lumba, our first ever Dream Champion! Kabir Lumba is the Managing Director of Lifestyle International Pvt. Ltd., a leading retailer in India and a part of the multi-billion dollar Landmark Group, Dubai. The company compromises Lifestyle ( Department store ), Home Centre ( Furniture and household ), Max ( Value fashion ) and Bossini. Kabir Lumba has been with Lifestyle for over 8 years and has significantly contributed to the growth and expansion of the businesses in India. He has spent almost 2 decades in the retail industry having worked with Pantaloon Fashions, Proline and Littlewoods International. Kabir Lumba is a key member of the advisory board of RAI (Retailers Association of India), a leading retail industry body which represents the unified voice of Indian retailers. His fundraising quote for his Dream Champion effort is: "I'm supporting LIFE Trust's race to the finish line to a brighter future for every child in India!" To learn more about LIFE Trust's programs and why Kabir is supporting us, please visit his Dream Champion page at: http://www.unitedwaymumbai.org/1656-kabir-lumba.htm To support Kabir's efforts, online donations (entirely free from transaction fees) may be made directly via the following link: http://www.unitedwaymumbai.org/donation.php?ngo_id=104&sup_id=1656   Thanks Kabir and a thank you from LIFE Trust to everyone who has supported him in his efforts!  
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Case Story-Committed Communities Development Trust

Committed Communities Development Trust       ANITA BUILDS A WORLD OF POSSIBILITIES   ‘. . . What will happen to my children? How am I going to survive?’ These were questions that overwhelmed Anita at the time we met her. This fear was not entirely baseless. As echoed by hundreds of parents, families, and children infected and affected by HIV/AIDS, the uncertainty of survival sadly forms the preamble of all our first meetings with them. Anita was left to take care of her two children when AIDS claimed her husband’s life, two years back. With this misfortune came the discovery of her and her children’s positive status. She was overcome by worries for her children’s life and their future.   Once discovered, Anita’s in-laws disowned her and her children. “After the death of my husband, my in-laws came to know that we are HIV positive and threatened that we would not be allowed to stay in the community. Finally they threw us out of the house.”Anita foresaw that ‘untouchability’ and social exclusion would shadow their lives forever.   Driven to despair, she considered admitting both her children in a centre and committing suicide herself. “Both my children are still young enough and will not remember me. Your ‘sanstha’ can care for them better. My situation is hopeless”, she reasoned. It was a heart-rending appeal.   The Home Based Care (HBC) team engaged with Anita at length. She spoke about her anxieties and fears. It enabled the team members to know more about her situation. Anita was encouraged to attend support group meetings of other infected individuals. “Support groups are a great help for people like us who need emotional support, a space where one can share what she feels. At first I did not think I would be able to look after my infected children. I was worried that I would not be able to send them to school. When I met the social worker of CCDT, they assured me that it was possible and many single parent families did that. I was able to share my fears in the group and I received support from all the volunteers. I felt more confident about raising my children and looking after them as well as taking care of my health.”   This was remarkable since it was coming from a woman who had given up hope a few months earlier.   Along with counseling and material support, she received information on nursing care and self care. She became an active member of HBC community volunteers. Having regained hope for herself, she finally realized the dreams she had for her children: they are studying in a school. “Now I have friends; a few of us also meet outside the centre and help each other to overcome the crisis. Now I don’t need any material support. I just need assurance that there is someone with whom I can talk and discuss and I think I have CCDT with me.”   As a courageous woman who fought HIV infection and associated stigma and discrimination, Anita continues to instill among us hope and desire for a world of possibilities. Today, she is one of our Outreach workers and identifies and helps families who are in crisis due to HIV.           
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One Month until the Mumbai Marathon!!!!!!

One Month until the Mumbai Marathon!!!!!!
Dear Mumbai Marathon Runners, It’s just one month until the Mumbai Marathon on January 20th, 2013!  At MMC we are all getting very excited for you as your prepare for the big race.  We want to thank you for all of your efforts in fundraising for our organization thus far.  Every rupee counts!  Friends and family members can help you out by visiting your personal fundraising page which you can create through United Way.  Please do not hesitate to reach out to us by email or phone regarding any questions or concerns.  We hope that your preparations are going well! Best of luck,-Team MMC   
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