Goa Gears-up for the Nise Gel Goa Marathon this Sunday, March 1, 2015

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3000 participants to help raise funds for families in need of shelter in Cortalim, Goa

PANJIM, February 25, 2015: Now in its 4th edition, the Nise Gel Goa Marathon continues to raise funds for and draw attention to families in need of housing in Goa and the Konkan region. This sporting fete shall feature four runs – the 21 km Half Marathon, the 10 km Run, the 5 km Dream Run and the School Run under 14 and 16 years of age. The marathon, being organized by El Shaddai and Habitat for Humanity India in partnership with the Goa Athletic Association and the Corporation of the City of Panaji,has secured its title sponsorship by Nise Gel from Dr Reddy’s Laboratories.

With its reputation of having one of the most scenic marathon routes, the event continues to draw the participation of several professional distance runners and local celebrities such as TalashaPrabhu.Other local heroes that have been supporting the Marathon and will participate this Sunday, March 1, 2015 include Roberto Mendes Silva, a professional football player from Brazil.

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Funds raised through the event will be used to repair and re-build homes for families in need identified in Cortalim, Goa.  Over 3000 participants are expected with more than 1000 runners competing in the Half Marathon and 10K Run. When asked why Nise Gel from Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories is supporting this event,  Mr. DevendraShinde Vice President OTC Division Dr.Reddys Laboratories said, “In today’s age of technology and gadgets, people are increasingly leading sedentary lives. To keep in good health, it is so important that we make physical activity a part of our daily routine. Taking up a hobby like running, not only exercises the body, it also de-stresses the mind.

That’s why Nise Gel, from Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories, is happy to partner with the Goa Marathon. This event is especially important because it aims to spread awareness about, and raise funds for, the cause of providing homes and hope for families in need. We encourage all the public spirited people of Goa to lend their support by running for the three Hs – Homes, Hope and Health. Nise Gel, formula penetrates deep into the muscles and its anti-inflammatory, pain killing action gives quick relief”

Speaking on the occasion Matthew Kurian, Founder Trustee  – El Shaddai Charitable Trust said, “The Goa Marathon is mainly organised to create awareness about health in Goa and encourage more people to run as a habit.. Apart from this we are also seeking to create awareness and raise funds for the work of our organisation of addressing the needs of the poor in society.”

Speaking on the occasion Rajan Samuel, Managing Director – Habitat for Humanity India said, ‘ I am pleased to see that the Goa Marathon is reaching new horizons with every passing year. I want to wish all the participants the best and good luck’. Registrations are still open and can be done online at www.goamarathon.org or at the event office.

About HFH India:

Habitat for Humanity India is an international NGO that works towards housing and sanitation, having served more than 54, 000 families across 17 states of India. For over 30 years, Habitat and its partners have been working with low-income, marginalized families to build homes, provide housing-related services and spread awareness on the needs of proper housing & sanitation.

Habitat India through its disaster response programs has helped rebuild the lives of more than 20,000 disaster affected families in India through emergency shelter kits, repair of damaged houses and construction of new homes. Habitat’s disaster risk reduction initiatives help build capacity and preparedness of the local communities against future disasters.

About El Shaddai Child Rescue

The El Shaddai Charitable Trust is a registered, non-profit Charity since 1997, working in Goa and other States in India, implementing the Child Rights Act 2003/05 for orphans, street children and children coming from economically desperate conditions; cared and provided with food, clothing, shelter and education, for a better future. It runs advocacy and intervention projects to support Women and Children in distress. El Shaddai has adopted some of the backward villages of India and is transforming it by providing safe drinking water, opportunities for animal husbandry, introducing education and women empowerment projects. El Shaddai has impacted over 5000 children’s lives through its Homes, Shelters Schools and Daily Feeding Programmes with vision is to bringing childhood to every child who never had it. El Shaddai’s vision is to “Bringing childhood to children who have never had it”.

The event is supported by: Goa Athletic Association, Corporation of City of Panjim, Goa Tourism, Central Bank of India, D’ziners, Quality Foods, Real Drinks

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