Bandra woke up to witness around 400 municipal school children, senior citizens and physically disabled participating in the third MUSTRun, organised by the H-West Federation and Wake Up Bandra on Sunday. Unfortunately, the half-marathon of 21-km and the youth race of 10-km and five km could not have been organised because the police did not provide with the required permissions. But for the children and the elderlies, it was a good morning as they raced through a 2-km route and nearly 100 physically disabled raced on a km route.
The H-West Federation announced two initiatives. The first one – campaign for a disabled-friendly H-West ward in partnership with ADAPT, an NGO that works with the disabled. Varsha Hooja, trustee & CEO, ADAPT, said that the campaign would start with a disability audit in the ward, where institutions that do not have the facilities will be identified and then infrastructural changes would be implemented.
Anandini Thakoor, chairperson of the H-West Federation, said, "The half-marathon of 21-km and the youth race for 10-km and five km could have been organised, if the police had given us the necessary permissions." Thakoor also spoke about the second initiative with Borkar Polymers - a pilot project to end open defecation in the ward. The project includes a mobile toilet solution to address the issue of sanitation access and emphasise the problem of lack of maintenance and hygiene of existing stationary public toilets.
People enjoyed the magnificent magic show by Vinod Rawat, the only disabled magician in the world.
LC and Mumbai BJP chief, Ashish Shelar and corporator Alka Kerkar, handed out the prizes to the children. The Lioness' Club of Khar, organised special prizes for the senior citizens and physically challenged participants.
Running in its third year, all the waste accumulated during the event was to be recycled by the Stree Mukti Sanghatana's trained Parisar Bhagini workforce.