Around 30 odd children of Smile Foundation participated in the tenth edition of Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon on January 20, 2013, with Bollywood actor Juhi Chawla coming forward to support their cause of sending every child to school.
The children of STeP programme were also accompanied by BNY Mellon employees and volunteers from Government Law College Mumbai and Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda. BNY Mellon is a leading asset management and securities services company.
Explaining the importance of education, Ms. Juhi Chawla asked the Smile students to commit themselves to sincerely acquiring knowledge. The students also wished her luck for her upcoming film ‘Main Krishna Hoon’.
An army band that plays every year to mark the victory at Kargil, played various tunes during the event, encouraging the students and other to give in their best.
Around 40,000 enthusiastic citizens participated in this year’s marathon, which also highlighted various social causes ranging from education, health to female foeticide and women’s safety.