80-yr-old London-based NRI to walk from Kanyakumari to Delhi, raising funds

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80-yr-old London-based NRI to walk from Kanyakumari to Delhi, raising funds

An 80-year-old, London-based NRI, Mr. Balwant Grewal will undertake a 4,160-km long walk from Kanyakumari to New Delhi in six months to raise 1.5 million pounds for various charities. The funds would be provided to the Great Ormond Street Hospital, Children's Charity and the British Asian Trust in the UK and for worthy causes in India. 

Mr. Balwant Grewal, also known as ‘Bobby’, will commence his marathon walk from Kanyakumari, in Kerela on October 25th and finish in New Delhi on April 4th, 2016. Interestingly, the NRI philanthropist will also be celebrating his 81st birthday during the walk.

Mr. Balwant Grewal would cover the following places in his marathon run - Madurai, Pondicherry, Chennai, Nellore, Guntur, Vishakhapatnam, Bhubaneswar, Kolkata, Asansol, Ranchi, Gaya, Patna, Varanasi, Allahabad, Kanpur, Lucknow and Noida. He may perhaps require covering at least 30-40 km per day, in order to reach various milestones along the route, which looks a bit challenging owing to his high age.

During his walk, at stay, a four-day Mobile Cancer Screening camp will be held in Patna from February 26 and one in Delhi in April screening 400 to 500 patients per days

As per the Joint Secretary of the India Association, Mr. Rajan Bhanot, Mr. Balwant will be accompanied by a single support vehicle and a team of four – including his walk project director Bhanot (himself), a driver, a chef and a physiotherapist.   

Mr. Balwant Grewal, who is also the chairman of India Association, had earlier walked from Amritsar to Kanyakumari and Edinburgh to London to raise funds for charitable causes and cancer research in UK and India.

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