New Delhi, May 28 : To promote the cause of hunger-free India, renowned ultra-marathoner and co-founder of Proton Sports, a Bengaluru-based running club, Dharmendra Kumar (popularly known as Dharma) is on a cross-country charity run and aims to feed five lakh meals to Akshaya Patra beneficiaries in 15,024 schools across 12 states in the country.
Through this charity run, Mr Dharma has so far raised funds to feed 1 lakh meals.
Dharmendra plans to cover 8,000 km distance during his charity run.On his way back to Punjab, Dharma passed through Delhi on the eve of the World Hunger Day to engage with supporters of The Akshaya Patra Foundation’s cause.The Akshaya Patra Foundation is not-for-profit organisation, which strives to address classroom hunger and bring children to school by implementing the Mid-Day Meal Scheme in Government and Government-aided schools.
Talking to reporters here on Tuesday, Mr Dharma said, ''I was surprised at the severity of the hunger crisis in India. With so many people unable to afford a square meal, I think this is one problem that needs immediate attention. Akshaya Patra is doing a good job serving food to children. Even Gurudwaras are known for langars and how they feed so many people every day. Drawing parallels from this, I thought it would be an apt cause to associate with.''
On the occasion, Sundeep Talwar, Chief-Marketing Officer, the Akshaya Patra Foundation, said, ''We are glad to associate with Mr Kumar to spread the word on hunger free India and encourage young and skilled individuals to support our cause.''