“We are different, in essence, from other men. If you want to win something, run 100 meters. If you want to experience something, run a Marathon”
– Emil Zatopek
Y9|| 2016 – Half Marathon 21 KM
UDAAN as an idea, conceptualised in the year 2008, took off with an aim to make a meaningful difference, and to give back to the society. Each year by associating ourselves with a pressing social cause, we strive to create maximum public awareness in our quest to bring about a positive change. Over these past years, our themes have aimed at supporting peace and harmony, making our planet greener, spreading education, supporting the old, supporting the homeless and the fight against rape and gender discrimination .These themes, representing our association with these social causes, have been met with an unprecedented support from people who have united in echoing their relentless support for these causes. This has and will lead to profound and definitive actions being taken in the longer run.
Following this remarkable legacy, is this year’s IIM Indore UDAAN ‘2016’ standing witness to a time of rapidly evolving lifestyle and abilities for each of us ranging from smart phones, apps and fitness gadgets to the promise of reaching Mars and online social movements. While we the so called ‘able’ ones make rapid strides towards empowering ourselves, it is high time that the benefits of these advancements in technology and abilities be made use of in facilitating a better and more evolved lifestyle for the largest minority group in the world, the ‘differently-abled’ .
About 10% of the world population is estimated to be differently-abled, with about 80% of them living in developing countries. In India specifically, the 2011 census stated that 2.2% of the population or a staggering 26 million people fall in the category.
As we sense change around us and in our lives with shorter commute times, better infrastructure, ease and comfort at the click of a button, we also need to help our friends, relatives and everybody around us who is differently-abled, to lead a better lifestyle in a more secure, comfortable and friendly ecosystem suitable for them.
UDAAN 2016 will be a run to celebrate and contribute towards the formation of a society, a world that is not only sensitive towards the needs our differently-abled friends but also considers them as equals. As a gesture to salute their spirit, in 2016, UDAAN will also be extended from an 11km run to a half-marathon.
Our Sincere gratitude to our major Sponsors for UDAAN 2015:
Coordinator | IIM Indore