Chennai, December 2017: The 6th edition of the Dawn To Dusk Marathon 2018 [D2D 2018] will be held on Sunday, January 7, 2018. A prestigious, annual feature in the running calendar of Chennai, D2D 2018 is a run with a cause. This year, the event will raise funds in aid of The Cancer Institute [WIA] Adyar, Chennai in an effort to build a Children’s General Ward for the treatment of underprivileged, cancer-afflicted children.
Neville J Bilimoria, Founder, Neville Endeavours Foundation, the NGO behind this annual feature, who is also an elite runner and cyclist, has been singularly committed towards generating awareness behind these sports and encouraging people to make fitness, a habit. What sets D2D apart though that it is completely a run with a cause. Inclusivity is an integral component of the event; for one, it is a coming together of runners and cyclists. Designed also as a family run with categories like 5K that are friendly and accessible, D2D has been encouraging first-timers and those aspiring to step out of their homes, enjoy the pleasures of a sport and thereby make a significant difference, as well. D2D is also a unique opportunity for people to run, cycle with Neville himself, who has won several medals across these two sports, who holds two records in the Limca Book of Records and is an ultra marathon runner and cyclist.
“The primary objective of D2D 2018 is to create awareness on maintaining good health through running and cycling,” says Neville, “D2D is an initiative by like-minded souls who have come forward to create and nurture awareness towards noteworthy causes. This year, we are hoping to raise funds mainly for underprivileged cancer-afflicted children who cannot often afford the treatment. D2D has also inspired many runners to run for a cause and contribute towards many charitable organizations. Over the years, D2D has inspired thousands of veteran and first-time runners and cyclists to participate in the cause.”
CANCER INSTITUTE (WIA), ADYAR, CHENNAI: The Cancer Institute was founded by Dr. Muthu Lakshmi Reddy, India’s first lady medical doctor, in the year 1952 and the foundation stone was laid down by Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, India’s first Prime minister. This institute is the first in the country to introduce Medical Physics and the Nuclear Medicine departments. Apart from treatment of cancer, Cancer Institute has been instrumental in introducing education of various specializations including M.Sc. in Medical
Physics, M.Sc., in Surgical Oncology, Courses in Medical Oncology, Radiotherapy, Radio Diagnosis, Molecular Oncology, Nuclear Medicine among others.
Dr. V Shanta, Chairman, Cancer Institute (WIA), has been instrumental in getting government support to the cancer patients in terms of waiving duty on the cancer drugs and concessions on their train travel. Dr Shanta’s pioneering work has won her several laurels, both in India and abroad, including the prestigious Ramon Magsaysay Award and the nation’s second highest civilian honour … Padma Vibhushan. Dr Shanta continues to lead by example and the Institute’s work in cancer care is probably unrivalled.
Neville invites families to run and cycle with him in this 6th Edition of D2D run & cycle to stay fit and raise funds for the noble cause of treatment of cancer affected children. Participation with children makes this a family event with added joy of earning medals & certificates.
For more details & registrations please log on to http://d2dchennaimarathon.com