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Seafarers pledge Rs. 5 lakh to support girls education


A group of city-based seafarers in association with senior executives of world’s leading ship management company Anglo Eastern Group has formed a four- member team to participate in ‘Oxfam Trailwalker race and pledged to donate Rs. 5 lakh for education of the girl child.

The event is scheduled to be held at Lonavala, a popular hill station about 125km from Mumbai, next month.

The team, christened Proud Mariners, comprises Ranjit Narayanan, Deepak Correa, Sudipto Dasgupta and Vaishak Chavan.

They will walk 100km in 48 hours in support of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Beti Bachao-Beti Padhaao’ (save girl child, educate girl child) mission.

The members said the time has come for all of us to support the PMs appeal for uplift and empowerment of girls.

“Therefore, we are ready to complete the ultimate team challenge. This is our chance to make a difference in someone’s life and we are proud to be participating in the Oxfam India Trailwalker,” the mariners said.

“Walking 100km in 48 hours is a huge challenge and we completed the trail during the 2014 Event. Our motto is ‘train together, walk together’ and we have formed a great team to raise funds for supporting girls education,” they added.

Oxfam Trailwalker, supported by Oxfam – a globally renowned aid and development charity – is a popular event in India which is aimed at supporting social causes.

Trailwalker is a global phenomena, where a team of four walk 100km in 48 hours with an objective to make a big difference in someone’s life. It is mandatory for each team to raise a minimum amount before starting the event and those funds are used by Oxfam India to reduce inequality.

“Our philosophy aligns with Modi’s mission. We have pledged to donate Rs. 5 lakh towards supporting girls education through our initiative,” they added.

Oxfam, headquartered in the UK, is marking its 66th year in India this year. The charity came to India during the Bihar famine to launch its first full-scale humanitarian response in a developing country. Over the past years, Oxfam has supported civil society organisations across India.

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