The BAPS Annual 10K Challenge was launched on Saturday 9 February evening at BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Neasden.
The official partner for this year’s charity Challenge, which takes place on 28 April, is the NSPCC (National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children) – the UK’s leading charity campaigning and working to protect children from neglect, harm and abuse.
The Challenge brings together more than 3,000 enthusiastic participants of all ages and backgrounds around the country for a fun and healthy way to raise funds for various worthy causes and local charities.
This year’s event will also offer an opportunity for a tailored group activity where participants can embark on various challenging tasks, such as abseiling, mountain climbing, a static cycle ride, and the Spartan Race.
Chris Cloke, Head of Child Protection Awareness at the NSPCC, joined worshippers and guests at the Mandir for the official launch. Following a brief tour of the Mandir, Yogvivek Swami, Head Swami of the Mandir, welcomed him to the assembly.
Dr Mayank Shah, trustee and a leading volunteer for BAPS, said, “The NSPCC’s vision to not only protect children today, but prevent abuse in the future and transform society for every childhood is truly inspiring. We at BAPS share that vision and are guided by His Holiness Mahant Swami Maharaj’s message to serve and care for each child to in turn create a better world for everyone. Children form an integral part of our activities and we are honoured to have an opportunity to further the great work of the NSPCC.”