Helping a sista out

by Khushboo on May 16, 2012

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you’ll know that I love to run.  Although not every run is rainbows & unicorns, I love the rush of conquering a new distance/speed, the therapeutic effect of each run,  and that overall sense of achievement which every run brings.  I’m yet to sign up for an official race, but I recently decided to partake in a multi-country 10K run to raise funds for an Indian NGO called Tathapi.

This run takes place on Sunday June 24th.  As the monsoons will be in full swing in Mumbai then, I will be running it on the dreadmill treadmill.  Despite our individual location on the day, each participant will be starting the run at the same time (i.e. 5pm in Mumbai, 12.30 pm in London, 7.30 pm in Singapore, etc).

The funds will be used towards a health center called “Anandi” (meaning ‘bliss’ in Hindi) and here’s what it aims to do:

  • Provide different services  related to women’s health, including counseling, preventative, curative, referral, holistic and alternative health services.
  • Provide self-help and rational health skill-building relating to nutrition and wellness, menstruation and contraception, infertility, menopause.
  • Answer women’s queries with technical and scientific information, referral options and peer support
  • Build a library for women and women’s health

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Ultimately the goal is to build a women’s health center that brings issues on women and health to the forefront in India.

After switching to shorter, faster runs on the treadmill, running 10K will probably be a mental struggle for me.   However knowing that less than an hour’s worth of running can make a huge difference to fellow females in India is enough motivation for me to get going.

While I would hate to turn my blog into a sales pitch, fortunately this is anything but one.  It’s merely a request to help make Anandi possible by sponsoring me during this 10K run.  Whether it’s $5 or $100, I know my fellow runners and I will be ever so grateful with any amount.  Every contribution will go a long way.  Donations go directly to the charity & can be completely anonymous- all you have to do is click on to this page.

Muchos gracias :) !

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Alexandra May 16, 2012 at 6:59 pm

How cool is that! Definitely going to check it out, you’re awesome to get involved with something like this :)

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Khushboo Thadani May 18, 2012 at 11:07 am

Thanks, Alexandra- I’m excited to help out :) !

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Krystal @Ms. Random May 16, 2012 at 8:17 pm

This sounds like a great cause! I will check it out. Arrh I have been trying to run lately….oh boy I need to work on my time LOL Thank goodness for my running girlfriend for my internal motivation.

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Khushboo Thadani May 18, 2012 at 11:07 am

Good luck with the running- slow & steady wins the race :) !

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Parita May 17, 2012 at 12:33 am

You are a rockstar! What a great cause. I love the virtual connection. I’m going to check this out later tonight. :)

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Khushboo Thadani May 18, 2012 at 11:09 am

Thanks Parita- it’s crazy just how much technology can bring people together!

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Honey What's Cooking May 17, 2012 at 12:45 am

great cause Khushboo.. you represent a new generation in India who are all about woman empowerment. I will look into the details further since I’m at work right now.
And regarding Rao’s, I’m SURE you can find it in Mumbai at some expat “gourmet” grocery store. I didn’t see Rao’s at the Delhi expat stores, but they weren’t gourmet either. Let me know.

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Khushboo Thadani May 18, 2012 at 11:10 am

I think in our society in India, women & men are slowly getting on the same pedestal but here’s hoping this stretches to villages and suburb areas too & soon!

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Alison May 17, 2012 at 6:48 am

Good for you!!! Sounds like a great cause.

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Khushboo Thadani May 18, 2012 at 11:10 am

Thanks, Alison!

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ritika May 17, 2012 at 11:30 am

you should be so proud of yourself, this is such a great cause. truly incredible!

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Khushboo Thadani May 18, 2012 at 11:11 am

Thanks Ritika – I agree about it being a great cause!

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JoJo May 17, 2012 at 11:49 am

That’s great, I love that you are doing this.
Women tend to be underrepresented and invisible in almost every culture, what you are doing is empowering and inspiring!

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Khushboo Thadani May 18, 2012 at 11:12 am

Agreed about women being underrepresented, especially in India! Fortunately that’s slowly changing so the future looks hopeful :) !

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Purvi Verma Saini (@PurviVermaSaini) May 17, 2012 at 11:58 am

thats a great effort Khushboo :)

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Khushboo Thadani May 18, 2012 at 11:12 am

Thanks Purvi!

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Brittany May 17, 2012 at 11:10 pm

I love this!! You will be great on that dreadmill!!

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Khushboo Thadani May 18, 2012 at 11:13 am

Haha I’m glad you share my sentiments about the treadmill…lord knows how I used to run for extended periods of time on that dang thing ;) !

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Ameena May 18, 2012 at 8:24 am

What a fantastic cause…I love that you are doing this! Anandi sounds like an amazing health center.

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Khushboo Thadani May 18, 2012 at 11:13 am

Thanks, Ameena- I hope Anandi develops as planned and helps a wide range of women across the country!

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Sig May 19, 2012 at 11:20 am

This is awesome. I really am proud of you for doing something like this :) Will check it out!

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Khushboo Thadani May 19, 2012 at 2:02 pm

Thanks Sig, I am really excited about being on board with it!

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Nada May 22, 2012 at 2:59 pm

I love the idea of a multi-country run! And what a great cause too – well done for getting involved Khushboo!

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Khushboo Thadani May 23, 2012 at 11:50 am

Thanks, Nada :) !

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