Over 60 people took part in a charity run/walk from West Harrow to Ruislip Lido that was featured in January edition of MyNorthwoodNews.
On Sunday, January 6, 60 plus runners ran or walked in the Donate4Dharavi event which raised over £3,000 which is going to improve the educational equipment for nursery schools in Dharavi in Mumbai.
Dharavi in Mumbai, is one of the largest slums in Asia.
The event Donate4Dharavi, was set up by technology educator Wendy Petersen, when she visited a classroom in Dharavi during a trip to India last year with her daughter Emma and was shocked by the lack of resources.
She said: “I was totally taken aback by how desperate the place was but also extremely humbled that despite their abject poverty, the people are truly proud of what they call ‘home’.
“The most obvious void was the limited resources they had when it came to digital equipment. As a technology educator with over 20 years’ experience, I knew that I could help the children there in some way and I made it my mission to raise money to buy them these much-needed resources.”
Wendy said that the event couldn’t have gone any more perfect with runners taking part from a lot of different areas.
One of those that took part in the run was former president of Northwood & Ruislip Rotary Club, Nayan Patel.
Nayan thanked Wendy for organising such an “inspirational community event”.
He said: “Every child deserves the right to quality education irrespective of their social, economic and cultural background.
“A big thank you to Wendy for making such a special effort in organising this charity event by bringing together an enthusiastic team of runners who took part. The funds raised from this event will have a positive impact on the lives of children at Dharavi.”
Wendy is planning to return to Mumbai next month while on another trip to India to deliver some digital tablets, microscopes, text books and reading books.
If anyone would like to Donate4Dharavi please visit our fundraising page justgiving.com/crowdfunding/dharavikids