June 3, 2014 > Sevathon 2014
Submitted By Neha Kothari
India Community Center is organizing ÔSevathon 2014Õ for Sunday June 22, in Sunnyvale. Over 5000 people are expected to attend the popular walk/run and organizers urged participants to sign up as the event sells out quickly. Early bird registrations are open for 5K/10K/Half Marathon or 27/54/108 Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutation), a series of yoga postures synchronized with the breath.
ÒWeÕve come a long way from the modest 200 participants and 10 non-profits in 2009. Sevathon 2014 is expected to attract 5000 participants and more than 100 not-for-profit organizations to collaborate, setting a new record. Sevathon lovers are urged to register early as the event was sold out in 2013,Ó said Anuradha Jagadeesh, Sevathon co-chair. (Early bird registration fees range from $25 to $40 per person.)
One of the most unique additions to Sevathon 2014 is a mentor program for the participating nonprofit organizations. ÒWith the mentor program, members of all our participating nonprofits get one-on-one time with some of Bay AreaÕs most successful and experienced entrepreneurs and learn about ideas to scale, recruit new volunteers and leverage the community. The idea is to empower in every way we can. We are grateful that so many of the Bay AreaÕs business leaders have come out to support this program and our non-profit participants are taking full advantage of it,Ó added Jagadeesh. Entrepreneurs participating in the mentor program include A. G. Karunakaran, Raju Reddy, Murali Chirala and B. V. Jagadeesh.
Sevathon derives its name from the Sanskrit word ÔSevaÕ which means service and SevathonÕs spirit has been endorsed wholeheartedly by Bay Area residents who are supporting and appreciating the nonprofit efforts.
ÒAt Sevathon you actually get to know the people behind these nonprofits and you realize that they are just like you and me Ð not social workers or philanthropists Ð simple people who have chosen to take time out of their lives to make a difference. ItÕs a very heartwarming and encouraging feeling,Ó added Nandita Verma, Sevathon participant since 2009.
A much-loved Sevathon tradition, passing of the Sevathon torch among the participating non-profits, is part of the pre-event programs again this year. The Sevathon torch will travel to many cities of the Bay Area and spread a message of service and unity. For more information, visit www.indiacc.org/Sevathon
ÔSevathon 2014Õ Walk/Run
Sunday, Jun 22
6:30 a.m. Ð 1:00 p.m.
Baylands Park, Sunnyvale
$25 - $40