Team Banyan’s running at the Mumbai Marathon!
In a few days now, (ulp!) I’ll be among close to 40,000 people running for charity as part of the Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon. And from the Chennai part of it at least, I won’t be alone. The team, consisting staff, residents and friends like Khushboo, Rohini, Revathy, Vivek Oberoi (you may have seen the hoardings) are all running to raise funds.
Our cause? The Banyan, an organisation I chose to work for because I realised that sometimes, my own hold on sanity seemed tenuous at best, and with one in four individuals likely to suffer from some form of mental illness in their lifetime, who’s to say that that wouldn’t be me? That it wouldn’t be me wandering on the streets, homeless and destitute not because I’d be unloved but merely because wandering is just another symptom.
The Banyan is home to 360 such women, most of them from the poorest of families across India. Through its rural and urban outreach operations it reaches out to more than 1000 people every month. People who may just need some treatment to return to being productive, people who just need some support to get back on their feet, people who just needed some answers and someone to talk to before shouldering their way through yet another day.
The Banyan needs me. And you. Our time, effort, support, sensitivity and yes, of course the money. Which brings us back to the marathon.
Team Banyan is running to raise enough funds to meet at least some part of our monthly deficit of Rs. 13 lakh. Support me, support The Banyan by pledging on me online at http://www.giveindia.org/give/pledgepage/BanyanFR or sending us cash/cheque in the name of “The Banyan”, The Banyan Centre, 30/109, Halls Road, Kilpauk, Chennai – 10. Or call 044-43532324.