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The morning started at 5am on the 21st of January at the Tirpude College Grounds for the RCNV’s mega Flagship event KIDATHON, sponsored by the Mauli Group. Kidathon, organised by the Rotary Club of Nagpur Vision (RCNV), is a Fun Run /Walk event held for kids between the age of 8 to 15 years. The different categories were – 1) 3kms Run/Walk for 8 to 11 years, 2) 4 kms Run/Walk for 11 to 13 years and 3) 5 kms Run/Walk for 13 to 15 years.
All the kids of Nagpur look forward to this grand event with excitement and anticipation. It all begins with getting registrations from children for which Rtn. Ritika Singhvi, Jigna Thakkar, Aditiraje Bhonsle, Shilpa Kelkar, Abhishek Ghatode, Marya Amin, Swati Belkhade and the teams efforts were noteworthy. Rtn. Aarouni Verma and Sonal Malkan contributed towards the data entries of the registrations. On the day of the event an electrically charged atmosphere was created by Pavan Mangoli and team with a Zumba session for all the participating children. Before the Flag off, there was lighting of the Lamp by President Ajay Uplanchiwar, Hon. Secretary Madhumati Dhawad, Director/ Treasurer Amit Chandak, Past Presidents Sohrab Kanga, Vikram Naidu,Abhijeet Kelkar and Santosh Panse. The excitement and energy of the young children was to be seen to be believed. After a welcome Address by the President, the rules of the event were explained by the comperes Rtn. Akshay Daga and Rtn Sonal Malkan. At 7 am sharp the 5 km circuit was flagged off by Rt.Ann Jaya Jain representing Mauli Group and Mr Rakesh Tumane, Director finance of MOIL followed by Flag off of the 4km circuit by Tushar Badjate, Trustee of Jain International School and 3km circuit by Past President Sohrab Kanga.
Seven Star Hospital (Directors Drs Sadashiv and Shantala Bhole) sponsored the Ambulance for on road assistance and on ground medical assistance booth for treating the injured children. The associate sponsors of the event included AK Gandhi TVS, MOIL, Seven Star Hospital, Rtn Pankaj Chokhani, Mr. Yash Banait, Ankita Niswade, Sunder Biscuits, Treat Ice cream, Diamond Chips, Varsha Advertising, Sign post, Global India International School.
The Nagpur Police provided immense help to the organisers. Sandeep Durugkar helped and did a great job for police support. The RCNV members and spouses gathered with full josh to be Marshalls on the entire route. The entire group of Marshalls were ably headed by Rtn. Tushar Singhvi. The Rotarian volunteers along with volunteer Rotaractors under the leadership of Rtn. Yogesh Paliwal and Past President Jatin Sampat were totally geared up to control the crowd of parents and children.
At various points along the route, water stations were arranged along with first aid kits. The Jain International School Band regaled the waiting parents with their Beats. After the event, the kids were given Goodie Bags, Medals and Certificates which were ably handled by team Community led by Director Rtn. Nitya Agarwal.
Rtn. Pramod Batra and his Team helped in organising the event and managed all the requirements on the ground. Rtn. Manish Agrawal supported for the mementoes and Past President Sohrab Kanga helped with creatives. Rtn. Farnberg Bharucha made sure all the volunteers were well looked after. The media partners were 91.9 FM radio.
Kidathon is the only Marathon for kids where all the kids are winners. The event was meticulously planned under the leadership of president Ajay and director Amit Chandak. The smiles and exuberance on the faces of the children were a reflection of the hard work and dedication of all the members who put in their sincere efforts which culminated in a successful event.

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