Ms. Tarandeep Kaur, a young financial analyst, has participated in the 42-km Berlin marathon to raise funds for the distressed farmers in Punjab. She completed the marathon in 3 hours 45 minutes and 59 seconds.
The Berlin marathon is one of the largest, fastest and most popular marathons in the world, which features top runners chasing glory. Tarandeep ran alongside the most successful long distance track runners of all time, including Wilson Kipsang of Kenya and Kenenisa Bekele of Ethiopia.
It is reported that Tarandeep, who has roots in a village near Amritsar, had been successful in collecting over GBP 2000 in donations. She plans to use these donations to support families of farmers through the NGO ‘United Sikhs’. She feels that the farmers are desperate and committing suicide. “The donations collected would be used for supporting families of farmers in Punjab through (the NGO) United Sikhs,” said Tarandeep.
Hailing the efforts, Ms. Mejinderpal Kaur, the director of United Sikhs, stated that it becomes our duty to feed the widows and children of farmers facing hunger as their sole breadwinner commits suicide due to debt. Ms. Mejinderpal also revealed that they offer monthly pension of Rs 1,000 to 150 farmer suicide widows from 40 villages in Punjab.
Tarandeep’s family originates from a village near Amritsar. She was born in Singapore, studied in Spain and now works in London.