On New Year’s Day, January 1st, 2023, Bangaluru City’s Iconic Cubbon Park witnessed a unique event, the “Walk-2-HEAL” Walkathon conducted by GoPals, an NGO whose mission is to spread awareness about Native Indian Cows. An otherwise quiet place on a New Year‘s Day morning, the park was filled with the hustle and buzzle of 500+ enthusiastic participants from diverse age groups who had gathered from all across the city for the cause. The event was flagged off jointly by eminent dignitaries including Dr. Shalini Rajneesh. I.A.S – Additional Chief Secretary, Department of Youth Empowerment and Sports, Govt. of Karnataka, Sri. MN Nataraj – Regional Director, Nehru Yuva Kendra Sanghatan, Dr. GG Gangadharan – Director, MS Ramaiah Indic Centre for Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine, Dr. Giridhar Kaje – Principal Investigator, Prashanthi Ayurvedic Centre, Shri Dwarakanath A.R – Vice President of Rashtrotthana Parishat, Acharya Arun Prakash ji, Mrs. Swetha Maurya – Fit India Ambassador, Dr. B.M. Nagabhushana – Professor & HoD Dept. of Chemistry & Vice president of LSIKC, MS Ramaiah Institute of Technology (MSRIT) and PadmaShri awardee Para Olympian Shri KY Venkatesh.
The Walk-to-Heal walkathon was an attempt by team GoPals, to spread awareness about the four parameters: Health, Environment, Agriculture and Lifestyle. The venue was enthralled by the active participation of the participants, who broke the barriers of early morning laziness on New Year’s Day, to participate in the Walkathon. The participants received a numbner of Goodies from the sponsors, which included T-Shirts by Event Sponsors AISIRI (Probiotics), Thenneera, coconut-based drink in tetra packs, the calendars provided by Pasuthai, India’s first ISO Certified Native Cow (Naati Hasu) Goshala, participation certificates, Medals by SPAARC, the fitness clinic, and a sumptuous breakfast by Halli Mane, sponsored by Maa Gou Products Limited (MGPL) and goodies from the Decathlon Brigade Road store.