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CPAA takes part in the Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon

The Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon has become an annual event which all Mumbai'ites look forward to.  It is an established marathon with participants coming from all over the world. For the professional runner it is a challenging race, a test of stamina against heat and humidity. For the amateur, it is a chance to be a part of an annual extravaganza. For NGOs, the event has become a chance to raise awareness about their cause and generate funds. 

CPAA will be participating yet again this time in January 2009 and is a registered NGO with United Way. If you are registered and participating as an individual or as a corporate and would like to do your bit to help needy cancer patients, contact Piali Syam on 9820305286 or email:

Actress Tara Sharma is running for CPAA and another NGO in the marathon. Pledge for her and support our cause. Cheques should be made out to 'United Way of Mumbai' with 'For Tara Sharma/ CPAA' written on the back and sent to:

Dr. Shubha Maudgal,
Executive Director, New Projects
Smt. Panadevi Dalmia Cancer Management Centre,
Anand Niketan, King George V Memorial, Dr. E. Moses Road, Mumbai-400 011 India

Those donating over Rs. 1000 will get an invitation for a meeting with Tara. And the person who donates the highest amount will get free tickets for her movie and a trophy from CPAA.

As a part of the marathon effort, CPAA is organising a 'Quit Tobacco campaign'. Participants who smoke/chew tobacco can contact Piali Syam to become part of a support group which will work towards permanently quitting tobacco along with training for the marathon.



Snapshots of Mumbai Marathon 2007



The Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon 2007 was hailed as a huge success thanks to all the people who took part in it!

CPAA has been receiving funds from generous donors who run for our cause in the past. This year we decided to take an active part by fielding a team of our own as a part of Pledgers' United, where individuals can chose to run for a cause of their choice. They can then raise money for the cause by asking supporters to pledge funds for their participation.


CPAA also got the support of corporates, the A.V. Birla Group, Citibank, DSP Merrill Lynch and Cushman Weikfield as a part of the GiveIndia Corporate Challenge Team. Hutch supported us by providing T-shirts which were designed by Anagha Nigwekar of JWT and SET India provided caps. CPAA received 274 individual registrations and support from Deutsche Bank, Tata AIG, JWT and St. Xavier's College. We were represented in each category of the race-the full marathon (42 km), half marathon (21 km) and the Dream Run (6 km).

On Sunday 21st January there was a sea of pink as the CPAA team assembled for the Dream Run at 8 am. Our mascot was Neeraj from St. Xavier's College who wore a crab hat on his head. Most runners ended up walking, waiting for each other to catch up. Each and every participant completed the run with Dr. Gururaj Deshpande and Dr. Pushkar Ingle came first and second among the CPAA participants. Padma Narayanan came first among the women and third over all.