CRY Walkathon: A Step forward for Children

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Photos: Murali Santhana

SUGAR LAND: CRY(Child Rights & You) America Inc, a 501(c)(3) non-profit that works towards ensuring children their basic rights to live, learn, play and grow hosted the 13th CRY Walk across 16 cities this year.  CRY America supports organizations in India and the USA and has transformed the life of over 618,915 children across 3084 villages and slums so far.

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CRY America’s vision is a just world in which all children have equal opportunities to develop to their full potential. With this goal in mind, people from different parts of Houston came to walk in support of child rights at Lost Creek Park in Sugar Land, TX on November 20.  

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Mousumi Banerjee, 2016 walk lead, asked Pandit Suman Ghosh to inaugurate the walk.  Guddi Shah and Ravali Bhavaraju did a great job introducing the entertainers and keeping things on schedule.  Children from Tagore Society enthralled the audience with their singing and musical talents. Dance numbers choreographed by Ruchika Dias of Bollywood Shake kept the crowd entertained. A video showing CRY’s efforts in helping children in Sunderbans, West Bengal was played. US Desi Girls danced to the latest Bollywood songs.  This was followed by a talk by esteemed guest Dr. Nik Nikam M.D Cardiologist, author & talk show host who also answered questions.  Pawan Sonti, Mohan Kothapally & Arushi Banerjee were the top 3 finishers of the 5K run.

Great W’kana café, Madras Pavilion and Kurrywallah provided amazing food for the runners and walkers. Murali Santhana and Dr Nik Nikam helped with photography for social media and print. Indira Bhavaraju, a CRY volunteer and Dharam Bali, national advisor for CRY helped with the logistics of the event. Student volunteers helped with registration, face painting and other tasks at the event.

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CRY America thanks all the sponsors, media and volunteers who helped make this event a big success.  People can donate by going to www.cryamerica.org and finding “CRY Walk for Child Rights” under the Events tab. Find Houston walk 2016 to donate for a great cause.

Contact Dharam Bali 832-341-1142 or Mousumi Banerjee 832-841-5727 for more information about CRY America.

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