On Saturday May 25th, 600 runners turned out for the Unitarian Union of North East India’s (UUNEI) 4K “Quasquicentennial Green Run” in celebration of the 125th anniversary of Unitarianism’s founding in the Khasi Hills.
Drawing participation from all over the Khasi-Jantia Hills region of the north east corner of India, adults and children alike ran in support of raising local awareness around environmental issues. Rev. Nangroi Suting, UUNEI General Secretary, described the historic event:
The RUN is being organised primarily to create a mass awareness of and sensitise the people to the dire and urgent need of preserving the environment and bringing back the disappearing foliage. It may also be pointed out that one of the core principles of the Unitarian church is the interdependence of the web of life and in honour of this we take a pledge at every Annual Convention to safeguard the environment; and to this effect we also undertake a cleaning drive in adopted villages every year. During such drives we also organise community capacity building programmes with the aim to educating and empowering our rural masses.
The Times of India reported on the race and its winners: Congratulations to Dondorlang Kharbithai and Blarisha Nongrum, winners of the men’s and women’s titles respectively, and to the UUNEI for hosting a successful race for its 125th anniversary!
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