Udupi, May 9: Manipal Academy of Higher Education organised a marathon called 'MANIPAL FIT-A-THON' onaccount of 'Mother’s Day' on May 8 for its staff, students and individuals. The event aimed at creating awareness on breast and cervical cancer with the theme 'Giving up is not an option'. 'MANIPAL FIT-A-THON' was organised in collaboration with the FITVIB (Fitness club of KMC), VSO (Volunteer Services Organization), and MRC (Manipal Runners Club).
The event included a Saree run for women (3 km-free), a Marathon (5 km and 10 km) and a Fun Fiesta at KMC, Greens. Over a Thousand students and faculties participated in it. The participants consisted of people from a variety of age groups from young students to senior citizens who were 83 years old.
Shreema Priyadarshini, Athlete - National Gold Medallist and has represented India for Common Wealth games attended the event.
Speaking about the successful organisation of MANIPAL FIT-A-THONDr H S Ballal, pro chancellor, Manipal Academy of Higher Education said, 'The theme of MANIPAL FIT-A-THON' is 'Giving up is not an option'. We admire the resilience of women who are fighting breast and cervical cancer. These diseases have been plaguing millions of women in the country. With an aim to draw attention & awareness towards these health issues, we decided to organise MANIPAL FIT-A-THON on Mother’s Day. We are extremely pleased to see people coming out in huge numbers and participating in the event”
Lt Gen (Dr) M D Venkatesh, vice chancellor, Manipal Academy of Higher Education said, “We are extremely glad to see such enthusiastic participation from students, facultyand individuals of all ages alike in this event. Women’s health is an issue that needs to be brought to the forefront. Through MANIPAL FIT-A-THON, we aimed to create awareness about breast and cervical cancer. This has been astand out event in coincide with Mother’s day”
Dr PLNG Rao, pro vice chancellor Health Sciences, MAHE, Dr Narayana Sabhahit, registrar of MAHE, Indira Ballal, KusumaVenkatesh, Heads of Institutions along with senior officials of MAHE, and members of Udupi Mahila Samaj, were present in the occasion.