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by Shobana Muratee
SUGAR LAND – With their catchy theme, ‘I Walk – I Care’, three leading Indian American organization of Houston: The Indo-American Charity Foundation (IACF), Indian Doctor’s Association (IDA) and the Indian Doctor’s Charity Clinic (IDCC) got the 5K Walk-a-Thon 2016 to a flying start on Saturday morning, April 23 at the Lost Creek Park, here in Sugar Land. This was the first collaborative effort of the three charitable organizations to raise funds for IDCC that has been providing free medical services to the uninsured and underprivileged communities in Houston.
On the morning of the event, participants were treated to a hot breakfast and beverage provided by Vishala Restaurant and some of them got free hypertension and diabetes checkups provided courtesy South Side Pharmacy and Kelsey Seybold. Dr. KT Shah, referred to as the pillar of IDCC, flagged off the Walkathon with the ribbon cutting at 8:30 am. Dr. Shah who has been serving the IDCC for the last ten years, encouraged everyone to support the Clinic. The Clinic is run by volunteer doctors and nurses from the Indian community in Houston on Saturdays of the week from 9 A.M to 12 noon.
Over 250 participants of the Walk-a-Thon ranging from ages seven to seventy years walked the trail and about 160 of them completed the 5k walk successfully enjoying the perfect weather and beautiful landscape of the Lost Creek Park. Dr. Ashok Jain was first participant to complete the walk and share his experience, the route planned with volunteers who helped in providing directions and water to the walkers making it a very fun and fulfilling experience.
Nanda Vura, President IACF said, “This is first time three respectable Indian charities have come together, complemented each other’s strengths and executed the Walkathon event successfully and raised $25k for IDCC in first attempt. We are excited with the partnership with IDA and IDCC and success of our first I WALK I CARE Walkathon and looking forward to make this a recurring meeting.”
Earlier Sugar Land Mayoral candidate Harish Jajoo along with Councilwoman Amy Mitchell said a few encouraging words on the occasion. IDC president Subodh Chauhan and incoming president Manish Gandhi also spoke on the occasion. IDCC Secretary KC Mehta was the emcee for the event. Dr. Nik Nikam showed his support and also took pictures. IACF Immediate Past President, Dr. Kamala Raghavan spoke about IACF’s growing strength in the area of education and college bond scholarships that has not only increased in the number of recipients but also the amount.
Event Coordinator, Ramesh Cherivirala, Past President, IACF expressed his thanks to the IACF, IDC and IDCC members, the volunteers, sponsors and the participants who had made the event a grand success. IACF Health Fair Committee Coordinators Dr. Sushovan Guha, Dr. Purvi Parikh, and other Committee coordinators were recognized for their effort for putting together the event. Koshy Thomas, Publisher, Voice of Asia and HealthLine, the media sponsors of the event was recognized for his support.
At the close of the event, a check for $25,000 was presented to IDCC and momentos to lead volunteers, sponsors were presented by Dr. KT Shah who expressed his gratitude to IACF and IDA for raising the funds. For more info. visit iacfhouston.com.