This year’s Dhiraagu Maldives Road Race (DMRR) has contributed MVR 635,000 to NGOs in their work to help protect children.
Similar to previous years, this year’s edition of DMRR, the largest annual run held in the Maldives, was also dedicated towards the social cause of child protection, providing a platform for NGOs to raise funds and increase awareness on the initiative to help protect children., As such. DMRR partnered with 12 NGOs working in the areas of protecting and supporting children, from helping to promote inclusion and protecting children from abuse to raising awareness on the wellbeing of children.
At the time of registration, participants were given the opportunity to nominate an NGO of their choice and a special grant of MVR 200,000 from Dhiraagu was distributed amongst the top five nominated NGOs. In addition to the special grant, MVR 100 from the proceeds of each runner registration and the proceeds from special bib number sales were also awarded to all 12 partner NGOs, adding up to a total of MVR 435,000. In total, MVR 635,000 was contributed to this year’s DMRR partner NGOs.
Dhiraagu hopes that the contribution would help the NGOs kickstart their programmes, especially to initiate their plans for the important work they do to help protect children across the country.
The top five NGOs who received the most nominations are:
1. Cancer Society of Maldives
2. ARC – Advocating the Rights of Children
3. Maldives Autism Association
4. Tiny Hearts of Maldives
5. Maldives Thalassaemia Society
Other endorsed DMRR 2023 NGOs are:
• Child Abuse Prevention Society
• Diabetes Society of Maldives
• Blind and Visually Impaired Society of Maldives (BVISM)
• Care Society
• Moms Aid
• Society for Health Education (SHE)
• Maldives Association of Persons with Disabilities (MAPD)
Dhiraagu Maldives Road Race is the first and only international run held in the Maldives listed in the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS) World Running calendar with a World Athletics-certified race route.
Dhiraagu has announced the date for next year’s Dhiraagu Maldives Road Race as 25 October 2024.