Gangtok, 05 May:
Amar ‘Marathon Man’ Subba raised around Rs 30,000 for the ailing Bandana Limboo through a charity run he undertook from Singtam to Gangtok on Sunday. Mr Subba’s effort to build wider societal involvement to aid Ms Limboo’s treatment received heartening support with not only celebrities joining sections of his run but also lay people and even a seven-year-old.
Addressing a short function at MG Marg on the conclusion of his run, Mr Subba thanked everyone who joined him on the charity run and expressed gratitude towards all organisations and individuals who came forward to support the cause. He expressed happiness over the handsome turnout in support of the run.
International footballers from Sikkim, Sanju Pradhan and Bikash Jairu, national footballers, long distance runners, athletes and people from all walks of life have joined the Marathon Man on his charity run today.
The run was supported by Sikkim Limboo Youth Association [SLYA] and Press Club of Sikkim [PCS]. SLYA has been raising funds for Ms Limboo and has raised around Rs 80,000 till date. Their collection drive will continue till 10 May.
“Life has no guarantees and we can die any moment but while we are alive we should do good by others when we can,” Mr Subba said.
21-year-old Bandana Limboo is from Chisopani in South Sikkim and a student at Nar Bahadur Bhandari Degree College, Tadong. She is presently undergoing treatment for Leukaemia [Blood Cancer] at AIIMS, New Delhi.
Prerna, the women’s wing of Marwari Yuwa Manch, donated a sum of Rs 11,000 while former bureaucrat, Kiran Rasaily, contributed another Rs 10,100.
Footballer Sanju Pradhan, while welcoming the effort to generate community participation for a social cause, commented that such events will help the younger generation learn connect and build wider collaborations for the future.
“Although it was a challenging task for us to cover the distance from Singtam to Gangtok, but we wanted to set an example and encourage others to come forward as well. This run also gave us a chance to realize that our people are always ready to support people in need,” he said.
The run started at 9:15 AM from Singtam Bazaar and runners received warm welcome from different organisations and individuals at different points along the route. Mr Subba and his team finally reached MG Marg at 1:40 PM and took a round of MG Marg. They were warmly received by SLYA members and other organisations at MG Marg.
The run has also featured the participation of a very young seven-year-old runner, Chunzang Lepcha.
International footballer Bikash Jairu also expressed his happiness over having taken part in this charity run and appealed that if everyone come forward in support.
National footballer, Nim Tshering Bhutia also appealed for support for the ailing Ms Limboo.
[with additional reporting by SONAKSHI SUBEDI and HISSEY LAMU BHUTIA]