In an endeavour to make India malnutrition free, more than 7,500 Vedanta employees are participating in the Vedanta Delhi Half Marathon as a contribution towards #RunForZeroHunger. The goal is to pledge one million meals through this run. Such initiatives have created a fitness culture and encouraged employees to take up the running challenge as they prepare for the half marathon. The staff have together logged over 3.5 lakh kms already, and achieved a third of the target pledge. The Company will pledge a meal for every kilometer run by a participant in trying to eradicate malnutrition from the country.
Through the Company’s social-impact initiative, ‘Nand Ghar’, the movement is aimed at ensuring that no child in India goes to bed hungry.
Senior leaders from Vedanta will also be running the half marathon. The leadership has called upon Vedanta’s 75,000+ strong workforce to participate in the run. Treadmills are being set up at all office locations to encourage people to participate in the marathon.
In the month-long Pre-Run, all Vedanta business units are competing with each other virtually and the employees’ daily runs are being kept track of team-wise using the StepSetGo app.
Priya Agarwal Hebbar, non-executive director, Vedanta, said, “As part of our commitment to creating a malnutrition-free India, our Nand Ghars are working towards impacting the lives of seven crore children and two crore women across the country. To further this mission, we are calling each one to #RunForZeroHunger – Together we can make it happen.”
Madhu Srivastava, group CHRO, Vedanta, said, “We have gone a step further and called upon our employees’ families and business partners to participate with us and join the cause as a community. We encourage like-minded individuals and organisations to join us in our mission of eradicating malnutrition and be part of this national movement as they #RunForZeroHunger. As we run together towards this noble cause, we hope we can together accomplish our goals as a company and reach the finish line as champions”.
Amongst the various activities, Vedanta has set up a townhall with International Brand Ambassador Haile Gebrselassie, a fitness talk with Milind Soman, runner stories, flash mobs, fitness challenges, bicycle rally and so on to create a sense of energy and zeal among the employees to not just prep up for the marathon but adopt a fitness culture in the organisation.
The marathon is an eagerly awaited sporting event for the residents of Delhi. Post the pandemic, the enthusiasm and participation is expected to be high.
The 17th edition of the Vedanta Delhi Half Marathon will be flagged off from the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on 16 October 2022. Registrations for both the physical and virtual races have already begun. Details are available at vedantadelhihalfmarathon. procam.in
Vedanta is a subsidiary of Vedanta Resources, the global oil & gas and metals company that operates in the areas of oil & gas, zinc, lead, silver, copper, iron ore, steel, and aluminium & power across India, South Africa and Namibia.