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ING Vysya Makes Hope Run for the slum children of Parikrma
Children to run alongside celebrities and corporates at the Marathon

Bangalore May 13, 2005: The children of Parikrma, who come from disadvantaged backgrounds, will run alongside celebrities and corporates in the Bangalore Marathon on May 15th. Leading the team is Ashwini Nachappa, India's best known sprinter.

Over 50 children from the Parikrma Centres for Learning at Koramangala and Sahakarangar will team up with Bangalore's corporates for the 7 km celebration run. ING Vysya has sponsored this team, which will help enhance the sports curriculum of the Parikrma Centres for Learning.

Said Bart Hellemans, Managing Director and CEO of ING Vysya Bank " We are happy to support an enterprising NGO like Parikrma which has a holistic approach to the development of their children which goes beyond academics . Participation in an event like the marathon will definitely instill a sense of self confidence amongst the children while highlighting their cause to a larger audience"

In fact Parikrma will be represented across all the three races. Two individuals will run the full marathon - one is an Australian volunteer at Parikrma while the other is an economist from Africa. Anu Nagappa, the well known, Bangalore based fashion designer and a few fashion models will run the half marathon. ING Vysya employees along with some others from corporates like Mphasis and TLI Software will make up the contingent of over 100 people who will run alongside the children of Parikrma in the 7km Celebration run.

The children are excited and looking forward to running at the Celebration run. In fact there are many girls who are also part of the team, all equally determined to complete the 7 km.

Shukla Bose, CEO of Parikrma, said "This is a fantastic opportunity for our children to interact with role models from the corporate world and other successful individuals. It is our constant endevour to provide our children a wide exposure. I thank ING Vysya for supporting us and giving our children this opportunity. They have been a great partner in our mission to change lives."

About ING Vysya

ING Vysya has three entities in India- ING Vysya Bank, ING Vysya Life Insurance and ING Vysya Mutual Fund. ING Vysya's long term aim is to focus on creating products by being sensitive to customer needs, providing comprehensive financial solutions in a simple way and by keeping commitments to its customers

About Parikrma

Parikrma Humanity Foundation is a nonprofit organization with a mission to unleash the potential of under-served children in urban India. Parikrma manages Centres for Learning that provide a high quality, 360? development program that give these chidlren the tools to compete on equal terms. Parikrma manages the Cricle of LifeT of these children - Education (ICSE English), Nutrition (3 meals), Healthcare (Comprehensive) and Family Care.

Parikrma has 3 Centres for Learning (Koramangala, Sahakarangar and Jayanagar) that care for 620 children coming from 28 slum communities and 3 shelters / orphanages.

For more information on Parikrma log on to www.parikrmafoundation.org or contact:

Vivek Raju
Head - Marketing
Mobile: +91 98860 86474
Email: vivekr@parikrmafoundation.org