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Aruna Rai
By: HK Hejamady,
Australian marathon runner Pat Farmer arrives in Padubidri
Padubidri, Feb. 4th, 2016:  Australian marathon runner and former Sports & Education minister, Pat Farmer, arrived in Padubidri this evening and he was accorded a grand welcome.  He will proceed to Udupi on Friday morning after an overnight stay at Palm Grove resort in Yermal.  He will carry on with his ‘Spirit of India Run’ started from Kanyakumari on January 26, to Himalayas, coverning a distance about 4,600 km in 60 days.
He was brought in a procession, accompanied by around 50 students of Vijaya College, Mulki, and the members of Udupi Association of Coastal Toursm and the department of tourism. 

Speaking with the media persons, the 53-year-old former MP from Sydney said he aims to spread awareness about the importance of the education of the girl child in India and also to raise funds for it. "There is no other  country than India better-suited for this mission. Its culture and immense human resources have inspired me," he said.  He covers an average distance of 60 kilometers a day and has alreadiy collected donations of 25,000 Australian dollars. He aims to collect around 100,000 Australian dollars (around Rs. 59 lakhs)  for his mission.  Despite having problems at crowded places, he admires peoples' enthusiasm and cultural diversity which he says has to be nurtured.

His initiative is supported by the union ministry of tourism and the Indian Association of Tour Operators.  Association of Coastal Tourism president Mahohar Shetty, secretary Gourav Shenava, member Santhosh Kumar Shetty of Pallavi hotel, Sarva Shiksh Abhiyan officer Naraz, Deputy director of district Youth & Sports Dr. Roshan Shetty, Assistant Tahsildar Assadi, Mulki Vijaya college principal Prof. Shankar, Prof. Nagaraj Nayak, Suresh Kumar Shetty Gundladi, Shivaparasad Shetty and others were present.