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Ultra-marathoner Farmer to run for Girl-child Education in India

Australian ultra-marathoner Pat Farmer, the well-renowned marathon runner, is to help raise money for girl-child education in India. He probably understood the plight of Indian girl children, who’d hardly get what can be called a proper education.

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Australian ultra-marathoner Pat Farmer, the well-renowned marathon runner, has decided to help raise money for girl-child education in India. Announcing his decision recently, he also announced the route for his run; in 60 days, he’d be running 4600 km, from Kanyakumari to Srinagar.

He probably has understood the plight of Indian girl children, who’d hardly get what can be called a proper education to make them self-sufficient. The run to be undertaken by Pat aims to target raising funds for girls’ education through a Mahindra-owned NGO, Nanhi Kali, initiated to promote education for underprivileged girls.

The date chosen is symbolic for both the nations, India and Australia … 26 January 2016. As India will celebrate her 66th Republic Day Anniversary, Australia will celebrate Australia Day. Staying high on hopes, Pat plans to reach Srinagar on 26th March, running across Mumbai, Surat, Ahmedabad, Udaipur, Ajmer, Jaipur, Agra, New Delhi, Chandigarh.

 

Raising the Spirit of India: Pat Farmer to Run Across India

What made Pat decide was the fact that he had come to realize the importance of women in the society in all true senses when he had to raise his kids alone. He says, “Mothers are the first educators of our kids. So, if the mothers can't read and write, then the whole nation goes backwards and if they can, then the whole country moves forward.”

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He continued, “Young girls grow up to be the mothers of the next generation, they are the first educators to their children and I believe every girl should have access to basic literacy skills as education is the way to change their world and ours.”

Pat firmly believes in extending help for social causes; he has already helped raise more than 100,000 Australian Dollars to help Red Cross International for clean water projects. He has also crossed 1300 km in Middle East in as less as 14 days to bring about awareness for peace.

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