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Run for a Cause – Help Protect Children
By taking part in the race, not only you get to excel as a runner and test your endurance, but you also get to raise awareness and contribute towards a social cause. This year’s race is dedicated to help protect children.
Dhiraagu Maldives Road Race is the largest race held in the country, bringing people and communities together from all over the country. The race acts as a significant platform for NGOs to create awareness and raise funds for the cause.

How it Helps
This year we have opened up the platform to all interested NGOs in the country working in the area of child protection.

NGOs are requested to send in an application before 16 July 2016 to register for Dhiraagu Maldives Road Race. All NGOs meeting the eligibility criteria in the application will be endorsed as a registered NGO for the event and featured on Dhiraagu Maldives Road Race  website.

At the time of registration, participants have the opportunity to nominate an NGO from the list of featured NGOs* .Dhiraagu will contribute a total of MVR 200,000 (Two Hundred Thousand Rufiyaa), to the top five NGOs nominated by participants (MVR 40,000 to each NGO).This grant is awarded to help NGOs kick-start their planned activities.

Additionally, the opportunity to purchase race T-shirts is open to the general public. All participants are encouraged to purchase the race T-Shirts which costs a minimum of MVR 50 each. All proceeds from the sales will also be donated to the nominated NGOs.

Moreover, as a runner, you also have the opportunity to donate funds directly to the NGOs by means of getting sponsors for your race attires. See our Official Rules for important guidelines.

At the day of the event, registered NGOs will have the opportunity to utilize the stalls which will be provided to conduct awareness sessions and engage with the public.

*See guidelines on NGO registration , eligibility and nomination process

 Ongoing support for child protection
Child Protection is an important focus area in our Corporate Social Responsibility strategy.

•    Dhiraagu recently collaborated with the NGO, Advocating for the Rights of Children (ARC) to launch Surf Smart, an year-long programme to raise awareness on online child safety.
•    Dhiraagu conducted workshops for parents across the country to raise awareness against child abuse covering topics on how to recognize signs, important tips on what to do and how to report abuse etc.
•    Dhiraagu also supports the national Child Helpline to provide assistance to children in need of protection to remain accessible via the toll free number 1412. Calls can be made anonymously to the Child Helpline from anywhere in the country for free of charges.
•    Dhiraagu continues to support, Kuda Kudhinge Hiyaa orphanage by sponsoring three teachers and by providing free internet to the centre with parental control service since 2008. In 2013,  Dhiraagu established two computer labs along with a new library set-up for the children at the orphanage