Published on: July 18, 2011

Lighting the Torch

In 1930, Mahatma Gandhi walked 240 miles in a non-violent protest against the British-imposed salt tax. His crusade led to independence and serves as a beacon worldwide for civil rights and freedom. Each year in Silicon Valley the community honors Gandhiji and walks in his footsteps with its annual Sevathon race for charity. Sponsored by the India Community Center, the event took place this year on July 17, 2011 at Baylands Park in Sunnyvale, CA.

Pallium India-USA’s booth was thronged with participants through much of the morning. Our Chairwoman, Dr. Jerina Kapoor along with several volunteers were on the spot to inform participants about Pallium’s crucial work in India, along with our plans for providing culturally-sensitive referrals and care here in the USA. We were joined by the wonderful Jeanne Wun of Hospice of the Valley, our partner. Although it was our first year, our team ended up winning in several categories, including 1st overall position in half-marathon (Dr. Bryan Drucker), 1st prize 10K women’s age category (Carrie Kauffman, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner), and 1st prize 10K men’s age category (Dr. Robert Torrano). Congratulations to all!

We thank the organizers and volunteers of Sevathon 2011 and all those who turned out to support Pallium India-USA for a wonderful event!


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