[edit] A Few Miles for a Million Dreams…Vibha Atlanta’s 12th Annual 5k Run/Walk Race raises $100,000

Vibha Atlanta Team - As seen in Khabar, Atlanta Duniya, and NRI Pulse

Sept 18th, 2010 will be remembered as a day when the Greater Atlanta community rose to the challenge and raised over $100,000 for the cause of underprivileged children. More than 1500 people participated in the 12th Annual DreamMile 5K Run/Walk that broke all previous event records.

The gorgeous fall weather and the beautiful blue skies made it a pleasant experience for all the participants. The dedication and discipline with which the Vibha volunteers plan and execute all their fund-raising events was once again on display.

Echoing the sentiment of "Doing More", Srinivas Vemulapalli, the event coordinator, said "This year Vibha volunteers took up the challenge of doubling the participation and revenue. All we had was a firm belief in the community. And the community responded to the cause and joined hands to do more. The event scaled up significantly in terms of participation, revenue and volunteer strength. We are glad that we are able to double our support to 5000 children. I sincerely thank the whole community for their participation and the volunteers who worked countless hours for the event and made it a true success.”

Sikshana, one of Vibha's premier projects in India was the main beneficiary of the event, while Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta is the local beneficiary. Sikshana has been successfully transforming the public schools from a state of lethargy and neglect to one filled with excitement- a true place of learning, where the teachers and the students are performing to their best abilities. By focusing more on teacher training, student motivation and community involvement, and with minimal financial inputs (only $1000 per school per year), the qualitative and quantitative improvements are found to be significant. Vibha identified the model to be scalable and helped Sikshana grow from 3 schools to 400 schools in the last 6 years and also successfully tested the model’s replicability in other Indian states. As a result, Vibha organized a 3-day workshop inviting 21 organizations from 9 states to study the model. It is encouraging to note that plans are afoot to implement it in other states.

It was quite heartening to have the presence of Mr. E.S. Ramammurthy, the founder of Sikshana at the event. Mr. Ramamurthy addressed the gathering and said "Vibha has motivated us to scale up, Vibha has helped us cross the 100 school tip-off point, Vibha has taken it upon them to test the replicability of the Sikshana model in Andhra Pradesh, and Vibha is now spreading our model nationally starting with Gujarat, Maharashtra and New Delhi. We are excited about the synergy between Vibha and Sikshana".

Ms. Keri Algood, from Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta highlighted the work of the organization and thanked Vibha for making it a part of Dream Mile.

The day started off at 4AM for several volunteers making final arrangements for the course set up, parking, food and drinks etc on the site. By 8AM the place was buzzing with activity on several fronts - registrations, children’s activity center, and booths by several partnering organizations. Aarti Patel turned up the excitement with a warm-up routine. Mr. Narender Reddy, a long time patron of Vibha kicked off the 5K Run sharply at 8.30AM. Mr. Deepak Raghavan, founder of Manhattan Associates and a long term supporter of Vibha did the honors for the 5K Walk. The first runner to finish the race, Lester Li, breezed into the arena in 18:27 minutes followed by Randy Long in 19:05 minutes. Shortly after the race, the prize distribution ceremony started. Vindali Vartak, the Master of Ceremonies for the event, kept the gathering on their toes with contagious enthusiasm and challenged and motivated the participants to collectively reach the target of $100,000. The target was achieved gradually as the prize distribution to the runners and the walkers progressed. Mr. E.S. Ramamurthy gave away the prizes to the winners in all the categories.

The overall winner in 5K Run among Women was taken by Kathryn Foti (22:16), followed by Brook Godell (22:46).The 5K Walk winner among Men was Surender Mutyala (34:00) followed by Sundar Raman(35:25).The 5K Walk in Women was won by Padmala Malerrati(36:10) followed by Brianna.

Keshav Kumaran, Action Center Coordinator- Vibha Atlanta, thanked all the sponsors and participants and specially appreciated the participation of all the community organizations. The Sumathi Mahajan Volunteer of the year award was awarded to Rohit Khumbar for his dedication & commitment to the cause.

At Vibha it is all about children. It is about the child who dreams about transforming himself from being a child laborer to a school kid who is learning and looking forward to break the cycle of poverty. It is about the child in whose school and class the environment is so improved and exciting that she looks forward to active learning. And it was truly inspiring to see hundreds of Atlantans share this dream and run the DreamMile.

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[edit] Upcoming Events

Volunteer Meeting - July 9th, 2016 Saturday 2:00 to 4:00PM Johns Creek Fire Station

Local volunteering @ Fostercare Support Foundation – Saturday July 30, 2016 – 10am-Noon

Dream Mile 2016 – Sep 17, 2016

[edit] Recent Events

Volunteer Meeting - June 12th, 2016 Sunday 2:00 to 4:00PM OCEE Library

Volunteer Meeting - April 2nd, 2016 , Saturday 2:00 to 4:00PM Sharon Forks Library, 2820 Old Atlanta Road, Cumming 20041 GA

Vibha Cricket Cup 2016, April 16th

Volunteer Meeting - May 14th, 2016 , Saturday 3:00 to 5:00PM Sharon Forks Library, 2820 Old Atlanta Road, Cumming 20041 GA

Volunteer Meeting - Oct 10th, 2015 Saturday 2:00 to 4:00PM OCEE Library

Dream Mile 2015 - Sept 19th

Foster Care Volunteering, August 1, 2015

Volunteer Meeting - July 11th, Saturday 2:00 to 4:00PM

Volunteer Meeting - June 7th, Sunday 2:00 to 4:00PM, Johns Creek Fire Station No. 62

Vibha Cricket 2015 - April 2015

Youth Volunteer Meeting - April 26th, Sunday 12 to 2PM, Shakerag Firestation (Near Shakerag Elementary)

Vibha Chess 2015 - February 7th 2015

Volunteer Meeting - February 14th, 2015 - 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm @ OCEE Library

Vibha Table Tennis 2015 - February 28th 2015

Volunteer Meeting - January 10th, 2015 - 2:30 pm @ OCEE Library

Local Volunteering @CRN Gift Wrapping, December 20th 2014

Volunteer Meeting - December 6th 2014

Dream Mile 2014 - Sept 20th

Vibha Cricket 2014

Dream Play 2014

Dream Mile 2013

FutureTech Vibha Cricket Cup 2013

Dream Play 2013 - February 16th, 2013

Paramount Software Dream Mile 2012

FutureTech Cricket Cup 2012

Dream Play 2012 (Khel Mela) - March 24th, 2012

Hands-On Volunteering - Dec. 18th, 2011

Paramount Software Dream Mile 2011 - Oct 1st

Vibha Open - Tennis Tournament - Aug 20th

Krishna Kanhaiya - June 19th

FutureTech Vibha Cricket Cup 2011

Vibe - March 5th 2011

Past Events

[edit] In the Press

Cricket and Service: A Perfect Duo

FutureTech commits $50K in the next 5 years to Vibha Cricket Cup

K-MACS Dream Play 2012

FutureTech Vibha Cricket Cup 2011 - Khabar (July 2011)

International Dance Festival raises funds for children’s causes! - Khabar (February 2011)

12th Annual Dream Mile - Khabar (October 2010)

FutureTech Vibha Cricket Cup 2010 - Khabar (July 2010)

11th Annual Dream Mile - Khabar (October 2009)

Pyramid Consulting Super16 (July 2009)

FutureTech Vibha Cricket Cup 2009 - Khabar (June 2009)

Sanket Systems Khel Mela 2009 - Khabar (May 2009)

Older Press Releases

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