Students to participate in skating marathon

Skateaway, a novel initiative by students of different schools from around the city, will see 20 children aged between 5 years and 13 years participating in a 180 km skating marathon from Pune to Mumbai supporting the Save the Girl Child cause today.

The event which will conclude on December 4 at the Gateway of India will see the students felicitated there. With skaters as young as 5 years old (Aditya Sureshbabu), this is a first ever inter-city skating rally by children wherein they will be skating through ghats and traffic on route their journey to Mumbai.

" Leading the rally will be 13-year-old Manali Sureshbabu from Dastur High School who has excellent skating capability," says Meenal Sureshbabu, founder of The Adventure Hub, which is organising the event. The event will be flagged off by historian Babasaheb Purandare. Actress Sai Tamhankar will walk with the Save Girl Child placard.

" The children have been practising for three months for this event and we hope to make this first ever effort a great success," adds Sureshbabu. The journey will start off from the Symbiosis College, Senapati Bapat Road at 6 pm on November 30 wherein Marathi actor Sunil Barve, Pune Police Commissioner Gulabrao Pol,and cartoonist Mangesh Tendulkar, will be present for the inaugural lap. The inaugural lap is also open for all citizens to join in and skate along with the group. The route will include the group crossing Bandarkar Road, Bal Gandharva, Garware bridge, FC road and end at the University at 9 pm.

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