Indian celebrities who will be in Sri Lanka for the IIFA (International Indian Film Academy) awards early in June will be participating in the National Health Run (NHR) to be held on June 6 to demonstrate their support for the battle against drug abuse.
The most popular celebrity to endorse the NHR, was Indian beauty queen and actress, Aishwarya Rai who was here for the first ever NHR back in 1995 when she was the reigning Miss World.
Since the first and hugely successful run, the NHR organised by SLANA (Sri Lanka Anti Narcotics Association) became an annual event and would be endorsed by celebrities.
From 2004 to 2009, however, due to the volatility of the war situation, NHR was not held. Bringing back NHR as the situation in the county has improved, IIFA has tied up with SLANA, and the NHR will in turn be a CSR event for the IIFA Awards weekend.
The Sri Lanka Anti Narcotic Association (SLANA) is a non-profit NGO in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC) and is registered with the Department of Social Services.
Some of the issues SLANA aims to tackle by organising the NHR, include addressing factors that contribute to the use of illegal drugs/ substances, risky behaviour and HIV/ AIDS by providing knowledge, life skills and access to services and supportive environment, as well as bringing people together.
This year the NHR, will be held on Sunday, June 6, in commemoration of the United Nations Declaration against Drug Abuse and illicit trafficking. The fun and competitive event will kick off at 4 p.m. at Galle Face Green.
Highlights will be the open run which is open to all aged over 15 (fancy dress allowed), Special Age Group I for those over 50, Special Age Group II for those under 15 and Heroic Run which has been organised for disabled soldiers.