"Miles for Smiles"
5K/10K Walk/Run 2021
Organized by The Art of Living Volunteers and Rotary Club of Silicon Valley for Global Impact
Message from Sri Sri
Through a healthy body and mind, we experience the gift of life. Walking or running daily gives us necessary cardiovascular activity to improve blood circulation, strengthen the respiratory system and flush out negative thoughts. Let us come together on Sunday, September 5th, 2021 to celebrate the joy of walking and make a step towards a healthy, active lifestyle. So count those steps and miles, and get ready to get moving! Walk by yourself or with family & friends, you get to lead the way.
Let us also take a moment to remember the underprivileged children out there in the world who wish to walk towards achieving their dreams in life. The pandemic has affected these children disproportionately making the education no longer a birthright but a luxury!
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused the largest disruption of education in history. Closures of schools and other learning spaces have impacted 94% of the world’s student population, up to 99% in low and lower-middle income countries. School closures are also hampering the provision of essential services to children and communities. The loss of school meals and other health and nutrition services in the first months of the pandemic affected 370 million children in 195 countries, increasing hunger and nutritional deficiencies for the most disadvantaged. A recent Govt. of India survey found 30 million underprivileged children had lost access to education for over 16 months with high dropout rates now expected when schools do finally reopen.
With every step and mile, let us raise awareness of the importance of education and support the journey of over 70,000+ children at our Art of Living Free Schools to blossom to their full potential. The Foundation has also adopted hundreds of pandemic-orphaned children who have lost both parents! Rise for the cause and bring the gift of education and smile once again on the faces of these children. Gift a Future, Gift a Smile!
"Let's walk to keep ourselves healthy and help those who need help"
- Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Founder, The Art of Living Foundation
How to participate?
2. Spread the Word
Plan your 5K/10K route if creating your own team or walking by yourself
Invite your friends & family to join you on this journey
3. Join us on Walk Day
Mark the date: September 5th
Embark on your walk / run and have fun!