Mary Kom Inaugurates 4th Edition of Ekal Run Organized by Ekal Yuva – The Youth Wing of Friends of Tribals Society


Ekal Yuva, the youth wing of Friends of Tribals Society organized its annual flagship event Ekal Run on 8th January 2023 at Godrej Waterside, Kolkata wherein 3500+ participants ran for their chosen category of timed run – 21km, 10km, 5km and non-timed /traditional run of 3km at this Marathon. People of all age groups participated in the run

Mary Kom during the inauguration ceremony of 4th Edition of Ekal Run organized by Ekal Yuva, the youth wing of Friends of Tribals Society held at Godrej Waterside, Kolkata

The Ekal Run was inaugurated by: Mary Kom, World Champion & Olympian Boxer and was attended by: Brijesh Damani, National Snooker Champion & Asian Games Silver Medalist; Sajan Bansal, MD, Skipper Ltd.; Sajjan Bhajanka, Chairman, Century Plyboards; Ajay Patodia, CFO, Dollar Industries Ltd.; Pradeep Kumar Todi, MD of Lux Industries Ltd.; Anirudh Modi, Director, Eden Group; Bimal Saraogi, Anmol Industries; Surendra Agarwal, MD, Austin Plywood; Ramesh Saraogi, MD of E-Went; Bijay Kumar Agarwal, MD of Edible Group; Bimal Choudhary, Managing Director at Anmol Biscuits Pvt. Ltd.; Ramesh Bagla, Logical Lamps Pvt. Ltd.; Ishu Hirawat, 2nd runner up, Mrs. World International 2022; Karan Kakkad, Founder & CEO at Reverse Factor; Yuvika Dhar, Yog Ratnamani; Shivani Agarwalla, Kettlebell Champion; Ashish Bajaj, Cyclist; Rahul Dev Bose, Actor; Debashish Sen, MD, WBHIDCO Ltd.; Ajit Kr Tete, DIG BSF; Manogya Loiwal, Senior Journalist & Anchor; Adrian Pratt, Acting Consul General USA-Kolkata & many other eminent personalities.

Speaking to the media, Mr. Gaurav Bagla, President Ekal Yuva said “Completing a run is a great achievement for anybody. However, the possibility of changing somebody’s life being added to every step in your run can give you a sense of pride like no other. This makes Ekal Run more enthralling to the people of Kolkata. The run included T-shirt, Medals, Goodie Bag and Food boxes. Winners and runners- up were awarded with mementos. The event was streamed live over YouTube channel (FTS Bharat) of the organization.”

Key Members:
Gaurav Bagla – Ekal Yuva President; Vikas Poddar – Secretary; Ekal Yuva Board Members – Abhay Kejriwal, Ankit Deewan, Raunak Fatesaria, Rishabh Saraogi, Rohit Bucha, Vinay Chugh, Yogesh Choudhury, Manmohan Malani, Shyam Patwari and Vaibhav Pandiya were the core team behind the grand success of the event. The event was organized under the guidance of Kishan Kejriwal – FTS President; Niraj Harodia – FTS Secretary and Ekal Yuva mentor; Pradeep Rawalwasia – SHSS President and Subhash Murarka SHSS Secretary.

About FTS
Friends of Tribals Society (FTS), a non-profit, non-governmental and voluntary organization committed towards upliftment of underprivileged rural children. They are running 78324 One Teacher Schools – popularly called as “EKAL VIDYALAYA” which provide non- formal education to 20,63,598 children in remotest villages of India. Ekal focuses on the holistic development of a child and through their endeavor they uplift the entire village. We operate from 38 chapters across India, Kolkata being the Headquarter. They are also a recipient of the prestigious Gandhi Peace Prize 2017 and had the privilege of receiving this award from the honourable former President of India Shri Ram Nath Kovind and honourable Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi.

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