Vidarbha farmers join race for charity

MUMBAI: The vacant Indu Mills compound in Dadar, the site for an upcoming memorial to Dr B R Ambedkar, became the venue for a running race organised by the textile fraternity last Sunday, July 9.

‘Texathon’ saw scores of professional and amateur runners join 50 cotton farmers from Vidarbha and the alumni of the Sasmira Institute of Textiles. Swapnil Sawant and Varsha Bhawari were the main winners. One farmer participant Gurjarilal Chandraclocked the fourth fastest time. Former national champion Leelamma Alphonso won the veteran women’s race.
The runners led from Indu Mills onto Cadell Rd, Kirti College and Catering College junction, David Sassoon bungalow, Century Bazar and the Mayor’s Bungalow at Shivaji Park.
The event was organised by the Sasmira Alumni Foundation with the ambitious aim of providing clothes to poor children across the country. Textile commissioner Kavita Gupta said, “I am happy that SAF has put together this unique event which combines a good cause with physical fitness.”

SAF president Sharad Tandon said, “Over the last few months we have raised a sizeable amount of clothing. The support of the farmer community has been inspiring.”

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