Running the good race | 9 years boy runs 750 km for UN’s sustainability goals in India
India, Tiruchirappalli – A nine-year-old Indian boy known as Sharvesh was seen running in Tiruchirappalli on Sunday, as he covers the distance of 750 kilometres (466 miles) from Kanyakumari to Chennai to raise awareness about the 17 aims of the Sustainable Development Goals set by the United Nations. “No poverty, eradicate the poverty, zero hunger and everyone should get food, good health means everyone should live healthily, quality education and each one should get quality education, gender equality – boys and girls should be considered equally. Clean water and sanitation. Like this, there are 17 Goals, to achieve those goals I am running today.”, said the young marathon runner, as he posed with supporters. “He started running from the age of three and when he was five years old he almost completed 80 Marathon events. No one has achieved so much at this age in the world. Every single event he participated in became a record. The number of kilometres he covered became a record, after this only we decided to attempt for records. Now he is nine years old, so far he crossed around 5,265 km and within the next three to four days he will reach 6,000 km,” claimed his father Visu. Sharvesh claims to have departed on October 2 from Kanyakumari and is expected to arrive at his destination by Friday. Set up in 2015, the Development Goals are a “blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all,” according to the UN, and are intended to be achieved by 2030.