Back-a-thon! Walk Backwards for a noble cause

Through the event, volunteers hope to mobilise young citizens to ensure equitable outcomes for children at risk of living in shelters.

Make A Difference (MAD), the not-for-profit organization is conducting an event to create awareness on the living conditions of kids in shelter homes coming Sunday.

They will attempt to set a new Guinness World Record for the greatest number of people walking backwards for a cause.

Titled ‘Back-a-thon’ the event aims to raise awareness about vulnerable children living in shelter homes and to create a safe space for them in society. MAD’s ‘Back-a-thon’ in the city is part of a national event where student volunteers of the organisation will lead the rearward march, symbolically pushing illiteracy backwards. People from all walks of life will participate in the event. In Trivandrum, Back-a-thon will commence at the GV Raja University Stadium (near PMG bus stand) at 3 pm on September 13, 2015.

The initiative came about in 2013 at the Make A Difference Vellore chapter which was planning a campaign for the World Literacy Day on September 8. This year, 23 Cities across India will take part in the Back-a-thon and will attempt to set a new Guinness World Record for the greatest number of people walking backwards for a cause.

The event is open for everyone to participate in, whether an individual or an organisation.

Shelter homes in India are not always the best options available for a child living in already vulnerable circumstances. They are faced with multiple challenges ranging from financial crunch to quality of staff and lack of emotional support for the children. Through the event, volunteers hope to mobilise young citizens to ensure equitable outcomes for children at risk of living in shelters.

The event is open for everyone to participate in, whether an individual or an organisation. Shoes are compulsory since the venue has a synthetic running track.

Make A Difference (MAD) is currently functioning in 77 shelters and interacting with over 4,000 children at risk across the 23 centres in the country.

  • Date: September 13, 2015
  • Time: 3:00PM
  • Venue: GV Raja University Stadium

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