BDRunners, a small group of amateur running enthusiasts, came together and raised the money to donate it to Save the Children initiative in Bangladesh.
The members of BDRunners range from students to CEOs of multi-national companies, celebrities and expatriates, who have one thing in common – a passion for running.
The community's activities is focused at breaking the stigmata and the norm in Dhaka that running in the city is not advisable and can be dangerous, and to create a platform where people can socialise, get motivated, stay healthy and generate interest in running.
The group hosts monthly challenges on a fitness tracker called Endomondo, where all aspiring runners in the country can join to participate. The prize for runners is nothing but recognition.
The group recently started hosting monthly running events in Dhaka as well, called “Run Fridays”. The second iteration of “Run Friday” was held on December 2 near Balu Bridge in Purbachal area, which was also the finale of a five-day challenge sponsored by Reckitt Benckiser (RB) Bangladesh. For every kilometre run by a participant in this challenge, RB promised to donate £15 – roughly Tk1,517 – to the Save the Children initiative.
The challenge, which was advertised through the group's Facebook page, received overwhelming support from the community members and people from all corners of Dhaka. Over 250 people took part in the event and covered around 2,400km in a little more than four days, helping raise over £35,000 – more than Tk35 lakh – for the donation.
Anyone can join the community by joining their Facebook group: www.facebook.com/groups/bdrunners.