Last year, when my good friend, Xavier, completed a full Ironman, it inspired me to challenge myself in the year that I turn 50 years old. Xavier spiced up the challenge by offering to sponsor me to run the Paris marathon. We run together in Paris on 2nd April 2023 - for the organisation we both love, and the beneficiaries we serve at CR. CR is at the forefront of NGO work - working with urban slum communities to improve healthcare, education and living conditions. Please make it a special 50th.
Kolkata is in the top 10 cities in the world most at risk from climate change. Economic and climate change migration means Kolkata will see its street and slum population double and swell to close to 9 million people in the next 25 years. This means the city will need more schools, clinics, hospitals and housing - 80% of which has not yet been built.
We improve access to healthcare and education services across 50 urban slums. We also collaborate with local government, bettering the living conditions of the slums in areas of sanitation, drinking water and housing. Annually CR participates in the Kolkata's marathon & 10km run. Many of our kids from the slums participate and now appreciate healthier living. I hope my participation in Paris will inspire them further. My visit to France will also allow me to strengthen our French supporter base.
The health and education metrics of the slums areas where CR operates are improving. We are uplifting the living standards of the slum communities by providing clean drinking water, toilets, and proper concrete lanes to walk. We are working to minimise our environmental impact and to help our beneficiaries become resilient to the effects of climate change. The campaign will help the charity to continue its work and serve more people, who will desperately need our services over the coming years.