What Has Kanyathon Been Until 2018
Since its inception in 2011, every run Kanyathon has had has been pleasantly challenging and equally successful in terms of participation and donation. The first year saw 400 participants running for the noble cause and the occasion was graced by the Bengaluru FC football team, owned by the JSW group and led by Mr. Ashley Westwood, head coach and ex-Manchester United footballer.
Among the other guests of honor were prominent names like Mrs. Radha Murthy, Vice President of the Indian Hockey Federation and Karnataka State Hockey Federation, Brigadier Naidu and Mr. Babu S., Bengaluru Police Department.
The following years witnessed an increase in participation from 800 runners in 2013 to more than 3000 dedicated sprinters in 2017, raising the bar to unmatchable heights. 2018 brought in a new wave of success. We had close to 4300 participants! Having guests of honor like Rajiv Gowda—eminent member of parliament and academician and Akshara Hassan—Indian film actress, Dola Banerjee – World Archery Champion only goes to show the immense popularity of the event and the inviolable belief that people have on the cause of saving the girl child.
There is an urgent need to change the cliched mindset of the patriarchal society which thinks of girls as a liability and Kanyathon works to make this transformation possible. It will be true to say that Kanyathon has encouraged exuberant participation from all verticals of life, ranging from students to working professionals but even as we cherish the success of Kanyathon over the years, we believe that it is the cause that has succeeded more than anything else, and that is what keeps us going.