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Welcoming 2020 – Lakers Style

As a curtain-raiser, on 1st January 2020, RCML organised a musical concert “Rock and Run Satsang” with support of Art of Living. Powai witnessed a soulful evening of music by Chitra Roy that combined the beat and rhythm of a modern concert with the spirituality of a Satsang all for a cause.

2020 also saw the 9th season of the Hiranandani Powai Run being held with the same pomp and show that has made it the no. 2 run in the city of Mumbai and its suburbs. The Powai Run is now synonymous with the beginning of the new year, so much so, that it is often called the Resolution Run, as it is held every year on the 1st Sunday of the new year.

What was OLD – the team at Rotary Club of Mumbai Lakers and Dr. L.H. Hiranandani Hospital worked tirelessly for the last few months to give shape to the magnum opus.

What was NEW – a lot actually. With the routes being changed completely, the entire dynamics changed. For the first time in 9 years, the 21km and 10km runs were going to start from outside the Hiranandani complex. The 4km segment though stayed in the complex all through. For the first time ever, there were separate finish points for the 21/10km and 4km. The result of these changes being that we have been inundated with messages thanking us for the experience and compliments for making this the best edition till date.

Cosmetically what was also new was the neon green tees given to each participant. Dare we say we did GO GREEN quite literally.

Staying on the Go Green aspect, we could not rule out the use of plastic, but here’s what we did

1. FLEX BANNERS – that were used for signages have been taken off and sent to the tribals in Aarey who use it for shelter

2. PLASTIC WATER BOTTLES – The empty bottles were collected promptly by the NGO Parisar Buagini Vikas Sangha and sent for recycling.

Mr. Vitthal Suryavanshi, Sr. VP and Regional Head, Brookfield flagged off the 21km run at Vikhroli on the Eastern Express Highway.

The 10km run was flagged off by Rotary District Governor, Harjit Singh Talwar from Mulund-Airoli Link Road on Eastern Express Highway.

Dr. Niranjan Hiranandani, Managing Director of the Hiranandani Group, flagged off the 4km run along with Ms. Shanti Ekambram – President (Consumer Banking) – Kotak Mahindra Bank, Mr. Kevin Pereira – Sr. VP – Business Development – Procam and Mr. Mahesh Balakrishna – CFO – Program.

Sharing his thoughts on the initiative, Niranjan Hiranandani said, “This is the 9th year of Hiranandani Powai Run and we are happy to see the number of people supporting this cause with us yet again!

Dr Sujit Chatterjee, CEO, Dr L H Hiranandani Hospital said, “I do believe that wellness is not just about taking precautions on diseases but about living a healthy life.”

Large scale participation from corporates, healthcare clinics, colleges, institutions; all of whom came on board to offer value to the participants and to conduct employee engagement and CSR initiatives.

The run witnessed participants from all age groups from kids to senior citizens – some making it to the start line for the first time and some there to beat their previous best times.

As always, the run was followed by the Powai Run Carnival. Live fitness dance and performances, kids activities, food stalls kept the enthusiasm of all runners and residents of Powai. With music pumping out motivational tunes from the Speakers to the Dholwala making people do the Bhangra. The Run and The Fun After The Run are so different, yet the excitement around both is uncannily similar. Everyone on the road is charged up and raring to go.

The Prize distribution for the Run saw Chief Guest – and the youngest minister in Maharashtra – Aditya Thackeray, speak to the crowd and motivate them.

President of Rotary Club of Mumbai Lakers – Lubaina Colombowala says, “Our theme this year was F.I.T. – For India’s Tomorrow – a Healthy India will be a Wealthy India. It’s a win-win for us as this promotion of good health and a healthy lifestyle also helps us raise money to help the ones who are not as privileged as us.”

ROTARY CLUB OF MUMBAI LAKERS would like to thank

• The Participants – We cannot do this without you

• All its Sponsors/Partners for supporting this initiative – you are our strength

• All its vendors – for helping us put up the show

We will be back with Season 10 next year – BIGGER AND BETTER! Keep Running

Ongoing Projects

From the Desk of

Mark Maloney

RI President

Harjit Singh

District Governor

Lubaina Colombowala