Raising Funds for V-Excel Educational Trust -- Take 3

I am a theoretical physicist by profession and running has been my hobby for more than a decade. For the past three years, as a part of my run at the Chennai Marathon, I have been raising funds for V-Excel Educational Trust who work with differently abled children/young adults and help them live a life as close to normal as possible. As someone who grew up with someone who is differently abled, this cause is close to my heart.

This year, I am running the Half Marathon at the Chennai Marathon on January 5, 2020 and 25K at the Yercaud Ultra on February 16, 2020. I don't have any running targets for these two races as I am focusing on improving my running for the next several months before picking a target. For the third year in a row, I wish to raise money for V-Excel Educational Trust. My target, as always, is to get at least 100 people to contribute to the cause without worrying about the precise amount donated.

Last year's funds were used to buy a water filter plant which has the capacity to purify 1000 litres per hour and our ground water level has 2400 units of salt. This purifier helps us to reduce upto 550 units salt level in the water. Also we have laid new pipeline for the metro water connection, to increase the water flow. — V-Excel

About V-Excel Educational Trust

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V-Excel Educational Trust, Chennai, India and its sister non-profit, Academic Concepts, Inc. in NJ, USA have been providing resources, education, therapy and other lifespan services for individuals with special needs in India. V-Excel Educational Trust has serviced around 68,000 special children with conditions like Autism, Mental Retardation, Down’s syndrome, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders (ADD/ADHD), Behavioral Issues, Emotional Disorders, Dyslexia and other developmental disabilities. The distinguishing feature of V-Excel is the vast range of services we offer for children with special needs – counseling, assessment, awareness generation, early intervention, special school, different specialized therapies, rural outreach programs, parent support group, professional workshops, teacher training, and vocational support.

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How to Donate

I would like you to send me an email after you make a donation. You can reach me at suresh.govindarajan$@$gmail.com.

From within India (and elsewhere)

You can donate from V-Excel's website.

Mention Suresh Govindarajan fundraiser under cause. Don't use any special characters!

From USA

You will be donating to Academic Concepts Inc and that can be done in three ways:

  1. Donate Online through Network for Good. You may need to create a login id with them. Sorry about it.
  2. Send a check to Academic Concepts, 33 Pine Street, East Brunswick, NJ 08816 USA Tel: (732) 619-7944 (Rakesh Parikh)
  3. Do a direct bank transfer or send an eCheque from a donor's bank account

Account Name: Academic Concepts, Inc.
Bank Name: Bank of America, 2 Talmadge Road, Edison, NJ 08817
Account Number: 09415241464
Routing Number: 021200339

There is another way you can donate to Academic Concepts. Choose "Academic Concepts" as a charity of your choice while you are shopping at amazon.com. The donation through is very small - just 0.5%. So if someone spends $100 shopping using that URL, Academic Concepts get 50 cents. No amount is insignificant, though.

Remark: Academic Concepts is a registered Section 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Donations made to Academic Concepts in the USA are fully tax deductible under the rules provided by the IRS. Their Tax ID number is 22-3632715.

Problems or Issues with donating

If you had a problem, let me know. I will get in touch with V-Excel and get back to you.

(Incomplete) list of donors

I am attempting to compile a list of donors. I get info about donations within India but not (yet) from those done via Academic Concepts(indicated by a * below). So this list will be a partial one.

  1. Arundhathi Krishnan
  2. Dinesh T U
  3. Rakesh Singh*
  4. Bhanu Ramesh*
  5. Suheim Sheik
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