The 10th edition of TFR on 9th September, at Anna University was a bright and sunny day, thereby setting the mood for the event. A huge contingent of volunteers from RCME and other organisations scurried around getting things in order. The fete-like atmosphere has been a unique feature of TFR. Colourful stalls attracted young and old. Coffee, breakfast, t-shirts, mementos were all there in plenty. The band from the Tamilnadu Police force added a festive tone to the event. Additional features like Blood donation Bus, the Penn Nalam (Woman Welfare) cancer screening bus for women and the stall set up for the Bone Marrow registry helped create awareness amongst the thousands of people who participated and turned out to be an effective multipronged approach to engage the participants, who stayed on several hours post the run. The dance drama, the local style of story-telling “theru koothu” with stories about ill effects of smoking, paan etc, kept the participants engaged and absorbed.
With over 7000 participants eagerly awaiting the flag off, the honours were done by Prof Dr. K Kumar, Registrar of Anna University and Rotary Dist 3232 DG Babu Peram. It truly is an overwhelming moment to witness a sea of humanity run, not just as a sport, but for a cause.
TFR is certainly one of the major projects of RCME. With more and more youngsters, including Rotaractors of
RCME, participating and volunteering, the Run has gained in popularity immensely over the years. Neither the loss of Akash Dubey (to the very disease for which he desired to find a cure) nor the changes in venue have proved to be a deterrence to the organisers or participants. Every year, the show of support only continues to grow.
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