Aryan is long distance runner with big heart and social conscience. He is a real life hero and an inspiration.
13-year-old Sydney boy Aryan Kumar has raised over three thousand dollars to help a school for vision-impaired children in Chennai, India. Aryan took a challenge to run 25km in one go. He appealed to the community to donate for this challenge, which was received overwhelmingly. His target to raise 1000 dollars had already been met when he started running on the 28 of august.
“I was not expecting such a response. So I ran 26 km to thank all the donors,” Aryan told NRI Affairs after raising AUD 3,491.
Aryan says the idea came to him after he successfully completed a 2km in 8 minutes.
“I kept running after finishing two km. And then I kept practising daily once I crossed twenty km I one go, I decided to take it to the next level by combining it with raising funds.”
Aryan plays for a cricket club in Sydney where running 2 km in 8 minutes is a requirement.
Ayran’s family has a special relationship with the school in Chennai. “My parents used to donate to the school. And they used to take me there on my birthday. So, it became a tradition for us which continued even after I moved to Australia. So, I am delighted that my son is already caring it forward,” says Aryan’s proud father, Rajesh Kumar.
Aryan is a boy of many talents. He is a math Olympiad topper, a piano player and a chess player. However, his heart lies in cricket.
“I want to play for Australia one day,” says a shy and calm Aryan.
And what about his capabilities to run long races. Olympics are coming to Brisbane in 2032.
Aryan looks at his father, who smiles and says, “maybe a marathon, why not?”