PNB MetLife Rotathon, Hyderabad
Jagadish Reddy, Minister for Energy, Govt of Telangana flagged off Rotathon, a 5km walk to create awareness to make India 100% literate country
Telangana State will compete with Kerala in literacy and will work towards becoming 100% literate state: Jagadish Reddy
Tamma Reddy Bhardwaj, Film Producer, Manoj Manchu, Film Actor Presidents of 31 Rotary Clubs of Hyderabad Region, Rotary Dignitaries graced the walk and participated in it. Over 5000 took part in the walk
Walk held simultaneously today in 50 plus towns in Telananga and AP at same time for same cause with nearly 50,000 people participating in it to walk to create awareness for literacy
This walk held in city expect to transform the lives of 2000 girl children
Every private school and college like our Sree Vidyaniketan must offer 25per cent of its seats free to poor children: Manchu Manoj, Film Star
Hyderabad, February 28, 2016: PNB Metlife Rotathon, 5K walk for literate India held here in city at Necklace Road on Sunday. Nearly 5000 people participated in the walk
The highlight was the participation of 94 years old Ramchandra Reddy from Madhapur. Among other participants include 99 Battalion Rapid Action Force Secunderabad.
The walk was formally flagged off by Jagadish Reddy, Minister for Energy, Govt of Telangana
Tamma Reddy Bharadwaj, Film Producer, Manoj Manchu, Film Actor, Presidents of 31 Rotary Clubs of Hyderabad Region, Jawahar Vadlamani, Director Literacy Mission, Rotary India, Geeta Mallikarjun, Chairman, Rotary Clubs of Hyderabad Region; Viiveck Verma, Chairman, Rotathon and others Rotary Dignitaries graced and participated in the walk
The walk was organised simultaneously in 50 plus towns in Telangana and AP at same time for same cause with nearly 50,000 people participating in it.
Speaking on the occasion prior to flashing off Jagadish Reddy said “Telangana State will compete with Kerala and will work towards becoming 100% literate state. Government alone can't do much. Participation of global service organizations like Rotary International will make lot of different in making Telangana a 100% literate state. Similarly no government schemes will be acceptable and will become popular unless people's participation” he said
“Literacy is very important for development. A walk organised to create awareness about literacy is very laudable. Every private school and college like our Sree Vidyaniketan must offer 25per cent of its seats free to poor children”, said Manchu Manoj.
Speaking on the occasion Thamma Reddy Bharadwaj said “Illiteracy is a basic evil that comes in the way of development of the nation. Illiteracy is the main cause for fight amongst us on the lines of castes and religion. Hence, literacy is very important”
“Jawahar Vadlamani said that Rotary worked for total eradication of Polio since 1985 and from 2012 onwards it has been working on Total Lliteracy Mission in India” he said
Viiveck Verma, Chairman Rotathon - District 3150 welcoming the gathering said that “Rotary was excited on mission to make India 100% literate by 2019. In the beginning of this century, just 6 per cent of our population was literate. At the time of independence we had less than 20 per cent literacy. Now, 69years of India’s Independence, we haven’t achieved 100 per cent literacy. Just 74 per cent of the population is literate. Which means still 26 per cent of our population is illiterate. Indeed, it is a very sad state of affairs. That is why the walk was planned to create awareness about such a very important cause, he told the audience”
In its 3rd year now, Rotathon made small beginning in 2014 with just 800 participating in it and has grown in size and now in third year will 5000 participated.
It was organised by 31 Rotary Club of Hyderabad region.
The event had live band, music and lot of fun. This initiative was supported by PNB MetLife. The walk began at People's Plaza and proceeded to PV Gyan Bhoomi and ended at starting point near People’s Plaza. The walk was escorted by Iron Heads, a group of 40 people on Royal Enfield motor cycles headed by Varun and Prithvi
The funds generated from this event will be utilized for “Integrated School Development Project” to various schools including Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya which educates less privileged girl children.
Speaking about the initiative, Niraj Shah, Director Marketing, Strategy & Products, PNB MetLife said, “At PNB MetLife we believe in a strong co-relation between fiscal fitness and physical fitness and hence, we have been supporting badminton, walkathons and marathons.”
Many stalls were set up to create awareness about health and fitness
The Green Nest volunteers, from well to do families and good educational backgrounds like Engineering, Medicine , Physiotherapy and other fields stole show with their service, collecting garbage, keeping event arena clean and green. These green volunteers earned good recognition of walkers with their excellent service