The Enable Shristi Run is an annual event organised by Shristi Special Academy in collaboration with Runner's High. The run is open to all and is organised in two categories: 5K and 10K.
Shristi Special Academy is a non-profit organisation that works to empower persons with disabilities. Established in 1995, Shristi has been at work to create opportunities and training for rehabilitation of individuals with developmental disabilities.
As the name suggests this event is focussed on enabling. Enabling students enrolled with us at Shristi to directly benefit from running as a therapy and enabling the organisation with the funds generated. The event helps showcase the abilities of persons with disabilities and the positive impact long-distance running has on their lives.
Enable Shristi Run also builds awareness about Shristi in the society, and participation with Shristi students allows participants to enhance and nurture their acceptance of PWDs in the society. This is an event that brings all stakeholders — beneficiaries, families of PWDs, donors, volunteers, regular school kids, and the community — on a single platform. The surrounding villages also benefit as they too build awareness and increasingly partner with Shristi to make our services community-based.
In addition, the run is an opportunity for our beneficiaries to interact and participate in a community event. It is also an opportunity to get the community's sustainable support to achieve Shristi's mission and vision.
Running – good for the health and the soul!
Running provides health benefits that go beyond any prescribed medication. Studies have shown that running for about 30 minutes every day can help prevent serious medical problems such as high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, chronic heart disease etc. Not just that, running also positively impacts emotional and mental health, adding years to a person's life. Hence, running is instrumental in the development and therapy for persons with disabilities.
Running with Runner's High
Inspired by the benefits of running, we started a training programme for children and staff in collaboration with Runner's High last year. With an aim to make running a regular part of the children's lives, we started with small distances and trained for four days in a week.
It was inspirational to see the children break out of their barriers, enjoy their time outside, and exceed expectations with regard to their running capabilities. Everybody finished the programme successfully and we hope to see increased participation in subsequent programmes.
To know more on why running is important, visit the Runner's High website.