Chennai, October 9th, 2022: The eighth edition of the ALERTATHON 2022, the world’s only endurance event to save lives, was held in Chennai today in collaboration with the Greater Chennai Traffic Police (GCTP) and the Greater Chennai Police. The event was organised by ALERT, a voluntary non-profit organisation that works to ensure the “Right to life” is a reality in India. Mr. V.M.Muralidharan, Chairman ALERT, flagged off the 50K and 25K cycling events to save lives at Dr. MGR Janaki Arts and Science College for Women in Adyar. Thiru Harsh Singh, IPS, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Traffic) North, Greater Chennai the chief guest of ALERTATHON 2022 signed the pledge and gave away the awards to the winners. Dr. Iyappan, Medical Director, Kauvery Hospitals flagged off the 10K, 5K, and 2.5K x 4 Chain of Survival Team Relay.
The top finishers were felicitated in the presents of Distinguished Guests of Honour, Mr. Harsh Singh IPS, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Great Chennai; Rtn. Dr. Nandakumar, District Governor, Rotary District 3232. The Cyclothon started from Dr MGR Janaki Arts and Science College for Women and went upto Muttukadu in ECR and ended at the Dr MGR Janaki and Science college for women. The Run was started by Dr MGR Janaki Arts and Science College for Women and passed through MRC Nagar, Besant Nagar, Adyar and ended at Dr MGR Janaki Arts and science college for women. Over 100 volunteers and Alert Voice ambassadors supported the Walk, Run, and Ride.
The event was sponsored by Kauvery Hospitals and Bahwan CyberTek. The event was partnered by FFLR, Rotary Club of Madras South, Rotary Club of Chennai Towers as lead clubs, Dr. MGR Janaki College for Women, Geetham, WCCG, Bikerz, My Race Timing, Food Strong, Brooks, Fast&Up, Trash Troopers, MGM Healthcare, Trash Troopers, Townscript, HDOR, JFX, Social Pundit, Coton Code, Zing n Swing. The event direction was by Kays Fit Academy.
Speaking about partnering with ALERT NGO for ALERTATHON 2022, Mr. Kapil Kumar Satarkar IPS, Addl. Commissioner of Police (Traffic), Chennai said, “The Greater Chennai Traffic Police is delighted to collaborate with ALERT Ngo for ALERTATHON 2022, which aims to raise awareness of first aid and road safety. I congratulate everyone who took part in this cause and served as its ambassador.”
Speaking about ALERT, Mr. Mike Muralidharan, Chairman, ALERT, said, ” We have trained over 1,85,000 ordinary people since our inception as first responders through various initiatives reaching out to audiences from all walks of life in India. Every initiative by ALERT is towards the mission of saving lives and the goal set by Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam – ‘train one in every family in emergency response’. I thank all the participants for becoming the ambassadors of the mission.”
“ ALERTATHON, the organization’s trademark walking, running, and cycling event, promotes safety, first aid, and emergency care awareness in society while working to guarantee that everyone receives training in vital life-saving skills and we are proud to take the ALERTATHON 2022 event to the world’s audience virtually this year,” said Ms. Kala Balasundaram, Founder, ALERT.
“We are happy to see a large number of enthusiastic participants both physically and virtually joining us in spreading awareness on the need to learn first response to save lives during medical emergencies and we thank Greater Chennai Traffic Police for being associated with ALERTATHON 2022. ”Mr. Rajesh R Trivedi, Co-Founder & Managing Trustee, ALERT.