Over 3,000 run for a cause

By NT Bureau Published on Jul 30, 2018 12:25 PM IST

Chennai: Over 3000 volunteers above the age of 14 took part in the Anuvrat marathon conducted yesterday to promote de-addiction and well-being of people.

The event was flagged off by actor Santhanam in the presence of Eleventh Head Preceptor of the Jain Shwetamber Terapanth Sect, Acharya Shri Mahashramanji.

The event was organised by T T K Hospitals, a pioneer in treating the addicted patients along with Acharya Mahashraman Chathurmas Pravas Vyavastha Samiti.

A press release said the motto of the marathon was 'Awake! say no to addiction'.

"The participants in two groups covered a distance of 5 km and 10 km distances spreading awareness on de-addiction and demonstrating their support for the noble cause. Beginning at 5.30 am from Madhavaram, the 5 km marathon came to a halt at Moolakkadai while the 10 km event took a U-turn to close at the starting point," the release said.

The release further said,"In support of the Acharya's earnest mission to promote good will, non-violence and de-addiction, Tamilnadu Government has declared him as State Special Guest.

"The visit and stay of Acharya Shri Mahashramanji gains significance as only 50 years before the prior acharya of the sect visited Chennai and was received by the then Chief Minister C N Anna Durai," the release added.

The Acharya is staying at 56-A and 57, Thattankulam Road, Jain Terapanth Nagar, Madhavaram, Chennai and is conducting series of spiritual programmes including discourses on Anuvratams.