Participants eagerly gather at the starting line, ready to embark on the Run for Drug-Free Pulwama race
Fueling the Spirit of Unity: Participants eagerly gather at the starting line, brimming with determination and enthusiasm, ready to embark on the 'Run for Drug-Free Pulwama' race, showcasing their commitment to a healthier and drug-free future

PULWAMA — In an effort to combat the escalating drug problem, Mashek NGO and Fitness 99 Gym, in collaboration with Government Women’s College Pulwama, spearheaded the inspiring “Run for Drug-Free Pulwama” race. The event took place on Friday morning, stretching from Government Women’s College Pulwama to New Bus Stand Drussu Pulwama, garnering substantial participation from over 200 individuals, predominantly youth.

The main force behind organizing the race against the burgeoning drug menace was Bhat Musaddiq Reyaz, a young social activist and District President of Mashek NGO. Recognizing the urgent need to provide a platform for athletes and promote sportsmanship, the race aimed to raise awareness about the alarming rise in drug abuse cases within society.

The race, officially flagged off by DySP headquarters Pulwama, Showkat Ahmad Wani, concluded with a powerful statement of unity and determination. Abid Hussain Mir of Achgoza village triumphantly claimed the first position, with Yawer Reshi of Ratnipora securing second place and Nadeem Ahmad from Sonsamil village clinching third place. As a token of appreciation for their achievements, the top three winners were awarded cash prizes of five thousand, three thousand, and two thousand respectively.

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Abid Hussain Mir, Yawer Reshi, and Nadeem proudly display their cash prizes and mementos
Triumphant Champions: Abid Hussain Mir, Yawer Reshi, and Nadeem Ahmad display their cash prizes and mementoes after emerging victorious in the ‘Run for Drug-Free Pulwama’ race, inspiring others with their achievement

Following the race, a special felicitation ceremony was held near New Bus Stand Pulwama, where all participants were honoured with certificates. Distinguished guests in attendance included ACR Pulwama, Aijaz Ahmad; ASP Pulwama, Tanveer Ahmad Wani; DySP Headquarter, Showkat Ahmad Wani; SHO Pulwama, Azim Khan; Chairman of Municipal Council Pulwama, Bilal Ahmad Rather, and Nodal Officer Tobacco Free Kashmir at Directorate of Health & Services, Dr Mir Mushtaq.

The felicitation ceremony was gracefully hosted by Dr Rouf ur Rafiq, a renowned sports promoter and social activist.

Bhat Musaddiq Reyaz expressed his determination and commitment, saying, “Our goal with the ‘Run for Drug-Free Pulwama’ race was to create a platform that not only promotes sports but also raises awareness about the pressing issue of drug abuse. By uniting the youth and encouraging their active participation, we believe we can inspire positive change and build a drug-free future for Pulwama.”

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“The event’s success would not have been possible without the invaluable support of esteemed sponsors, including Looks – The Complete Fashion Store, Kings Landing, KY Hyundai Pulwama, Read Coffee Cafe, Care Dialysis Diagnostic Centre, Timber Land Pulwama, Alnoor Fruits, Dar Tent House, SCI Pulwama, Malik Health Care & Scan Point, and Lion’s Den,” said Musaddiq.

He added, “The Run for Drug-Free Pulwama race stands as a testament to the collective commitment of the Pulwama community in addressing the drug menace, encouraging healthy lifestyles, and nurturing the aspirations of the youth.”

Through initiatives like these, the organizers aim to inspire a brighter and drug-free future for Pulwama and its residents.

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