Former Australian Education Minister on Spirit of India Run
Agra: Former Australian Education Minister and ultra-long distance runner Pat Farmer, who started running from Kanyakumari and is heading to Kashmir for the ‘Spirit of India Run’, will reach Agra on Thursday.
Farmer entered Uttar Pradesh via Agra-Jaipur Highway (National Highway-14) at around 0800 hrs on Wednesday. He was welcomed at the UP border and the arrangements of his night-stay had been made at Rahi Gulsitan Tourist Complex in Agra.
What is ‘Spirit of India Run’?
The 'Spirit of India Run' is aimed at strengthening relations between India and Australia, encouraging tourism and personal relationships with a view to create cognizance about India as a tourist destination among travellers from Australia and raise funds for education of girls.
The run is supported by state tourism departments of various states, Ministries of Tourism and External Affairs, Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO) and Federation of Hotels & Restaurants Association of India (FHRAI), among others.
The ultra-marathon, which began on January 26 last, is to cover 4,600 kilometres across the length of the country. School children and people from tourism department also participated in the run.
“If you educate a woman, you educate a family and in turn, you educate the country," said the former MP of Australia.