London, NRI to undertake marathon walk from Amritsar To Kanyakumari
to raise an estimated one million pounds for Cancer and AIDS

London, Oct 24, 2004

A London-based NRI will undertake a 4,000-km walk from Amritsar to Kanyakumari next month to raise an estimated one million pounds for Cancer and AIDS research in the UK.

India Association Chairman, Balwant Singh Grewal, would commence the walk from the Golden Temple on November 16. The walk would last about five months.

This was announced by Grewal at the Association's annual Diwali Dinner and Dance and launch of the Great Charity Walk at the Crown Conference Centre here last night.

At the annual Dinner, the Association raised about 100,000 pounds through donations and raffle draw.

"The aim of the Great Charity Walk is to raise awareness of HIV/AIDS and Cancer. The bulk of the money raised during this walk will fund organizations which are trying to find preventive measures and cure and for HIV/AIDS and Cancer research," Grewal said.

According to Dr Keval Singh, a cancer specialist, cancer is a major public health problem in the UK with over 250,000 people developing cancer each year and over 150,000 dying of the disease.

A spokesperson of the Cancer Research Institute, UK, said at the end of 2003, an estimated three million people died of AIDS related diseases with a staggering 7.5 million people dying of cancer worldwide.