Tuesday, September 22, 2015

2015 First coast #heartwalk

Advantage of being part of the corporate world is we keep on getting opportunities to be part of many 
CSR ( Corporate Social Responsibility) activities.
One of such activity was planned by American Heart Association, which they called 
"2015 First Coast Heart Walk".

About the Association
The American Heart Association is the largest voluntary health organization dedicated to defeating heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases. Their mission is to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke — the nation’s No.1 and No.5 killers.
They organize heart walks every year where you can contribute by becoming a walker, donor or a volunteer.

2015 First Coast Heart Walk
The walk was organized on 19th September 2015 at the Metropolitan Park of Jacksonville.
It was a free event where anyone can walk, supporting the noble cause.

The walk was going to be start from 9 a.m.

TCS Contribution
I was part of the TCS (Tata Consultancy Services) team which had around 50 participants.

Our team has raised more than $500 for this noble cause and I feel proud to be part of it.

The Walk
The arrangement for the walk was superb.
At the starting point there were lots of stalls serving buns and donuts for breakfast.
The atmosphere was refreshing and energetic. The music was loud and a booster to the participants.

People from all walks of life were all pumped up to walk for the noble cause.

3..2..1 and the walk started on time, not like India where we will first wait for the chief guest, who will not be a fitness freak but a politician or bollywood celebrity late by an hour at least.

Also unlike India there were cheerleaders who were motivating us to walk for a noble cause.

Those beautiful girls posed for my camera otherwise if you are in India there are chances that you may be jailed for molestation charges.

The walk had 2 different routes, one was a mile long and the other 3 miles.

The goal was to complete any of the above milestones to reach the finish line.

We decided to go for the later one. The route had some checkpoints where volunteers were giving cold water bottles to the participants.
At the finish line there were stalls set up by different companies who were giving towels and water. One of them had also installed a photo booth where you can wear different accessories and get yourself clicked. 
The photo was given to you instantaneously.

After the walk we clicked some group pics near the stage and headed towards home.

A CSR activity is fun as you get to connect to new people and also contribute to the society by donating for a noble cause.

Click here to download the Heart Walk app for Android.

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