Sunnyvale, CA (PRWEB) June 10, 2010
“Not every child is fortunate, some need you” is the message Bay Area non-profit organization Vibha (http://www.vibha.org) wishes to spread amongst the local population. The organization, which is completely volunteer-driven, works with a vision to ensure that every underprivileged child attains his or her right to education, health and opportunity.
Rajesh Haridas, COO of Vibha explains – “Volunteers organize events, drives and campaigns all over the US to create awareness about the cause as well as raise much needed funds to support grass-root level projects in India and US. To maximize the impact, projects are selected from all possible spheres of influence that can affect an underprivileged child - right from poverty to education to health care to influencing changes in government policies.”
The Dream Mile is the flagship event in Vibha's continued efforts to increase awareness about the plight of underprivileged children and has come a long way since its inception in 1998. It has grown from being a small event attended primarily by volunteers and friends to a permanent fixture on the calendars of runners in the various cities in America. The increasing participation and enthusiasm for this event just goes to show how strongly people feel about the cause of unfortunate children.
This year’s event is scheduled for June 27th at the Shoreline Park in Mountain View. The event features a 5K and 10K run on a USATF certified trail and a fun-filled carnival with a wide variety of games and activities tailored especially for young children. The Dream Mile is all about running and the team at Vibha offers free training for runners leading up to the day of the event at trails all over the Bay Area. The associated “Color your Dreams” contest for children also encourages young ones here to do their little bit to help their not-so-fortunate counterparts who can only dream but have never experienced opportunity.
An integral part of the Dream Mile is the Million Dreams pledge drive – hosted at Active.com, every individual is encouraged to create his or her own customized pledge page and set a personal fundraising target. Funds from the pledge drive this year have been committed to the Door Step School project (http://www.doorstepschool.org/), which reaches out to more than 40 communities with over 100 projects that is committed to providing education to over 8000 children in Pune and Mumbai. A part of the proceeds from this year’s event will also go to “My New Red Shoes”, a SF-Bay Area NPO (http://www.mynewredshoes.org/) to help provide brand new school clothing to children throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.
As an average across the various projects funded by Vibha, $20 provides education, healthcare and shelter to a child for a month. The Bay Area chapter of Vibha seeks to support 3000 children through the funds raised from the Dream Mile. As Ribhu Pathria, the Dream Mile event lead, put it "No contribution is too small. Every single dollar counts.".
Founded in 1991, Vibha (http://www.vibha.org) is a volunteer driven non-profit organization working towards the cause of underprivileged children. With a volunteer network of 825 volunteers spread across 15 Action Centers Vibha has supported about 190 projects in India and the US. The organization’s mission is to educate, empower and enable every individual who wishes to make a positive difference in the life of the underprivileged child.
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