New Delhi: A run dedicated to the rights of underprivileged children was organised here on Monday on the occasion of Children`s Day.
Organised by NGO `Prayas` in Chanakyapuri, the "Run for less and underprivileged children" saw participation of 5,000 children. Among them were schoolchildren, the homeless, other less privileged and special-needs children in the age group of 10 and 18.
"There is a need to start national awareness campaign for child rights and the government will fully cooperate and give full support to this initiative," Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said.
The marathon started at 7.30 a.m. from the Central Secretariat Ground and proceeded to Hyatt Hotel.
The return lap was through Hyatt Hotel, taking a U-turn from Mahatma Gandhi Flyover before terminating at the starting point.
"As we celebrate Children`s Day on November 14, this marathon is a wonderful chance to not just experience the pleasure of running with the children from underprivileged segments of our society and from various schools, but also to support their demand for rights of children," Prayas General Secretary Amod K. Kanth told IANS.
Bollywood Actor Randeep Hooda, television and film actor Adil Hussain and Delhi Police Commissioner Alok Kumar Verma were also present at the event.