Team Asha Chicago


Govinda Pai

Races & Rides completed in 2013:
Steelhead Ironman 70.3 Triathlon (2K swim + 90K bike + 21K run)
Ride the Rockies (870 Km ride with 6830 mts of elevation gain)
Chicago Marathon (42K)
Lake Zurich Triathlon (1.5K swim + 40K bike + 10K run)
Arcadia’s Brute Challenge Bike Ride (90K hilly ride)
Naperville Half Marathon (21K)
Aon Step up for kids (80 floors or 1,643 steps)

Donations collected in 2013: $5650
Total donations: $12651

Dare to reach out your hand into the darkness, to pull another hand into the light.

-Norman B. Rice

Life exemplifies dreams. Dreams propel ambition. And hope. Having been fortunate enough to realize some of my own dreams, I can easily empathize why they are considered the stepping stone to one’s future. Education cements this foundation which is why this cause is so close to my heart.

Running has transformed my life in the most positive way. Losing 37 lbs in six months revitalized my life. Running a full marathon for something other than my own well being is very important to me because that would really make it a lot more meaningful. Today I have the opportunity to have it transform lives and dreams into a promising future. In this journey, I wish to include each one of you, a friend to humanity, to help make the positive socio-economic changes we talk about through education. Education is a basic right. It has the immense potential of bringing out a better person, a better citizen, and a country tomorrow which can claw her way out of poverty and crime and become truly democratic. This is why I strongly believe that everyone should avail of it, especially the underprivileged. The need to prioritize education for children who can ill afford it is fundamental to a dream of a brighter tomorrow.

Asha strives with every individual like you and me to fulfill this need. Asha for Education is a zero-overhead, 100% volunteer driven organization, which means that after paying the 1-2% operational costs that include publicity, fees to local authorities, etc., ALL the rest of the funds we raise each year, reach our schools and vocational centers. We are so proud of being able to do that.  Asha for Education is rated as the #1 charity in the field of International Relief & Development by Charity Navigator, America’s premier independent evaluator of over 5,300 charities.

It is incredible how far a dollar can go in transforming someone’s life. My goal for this run is to raise $5650. I realize that you may have your own favorite charity but I humbly request you to open your heart to this noble cause and help me reach my goal with your pledge. I am counting on you.

The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit.
~Nelson Henderson

I would like to extend my heartfelt gratitude to the following donors for supporting me:

Sridevi & Siddharth Balachandran
Ambika & Aravind Birthi
Vidya & Govind Pai
Akshata Hegde
Parijat & Sunil Pai
Poornima Kasargod
Aruna & Rajendra Basti
V Venkateswaran
Sangeetha Naik & Amarjyoti Krishnan
Vasu & Vish Baliga
Aruna & Shaju Davis
Revathi & Anbu Mani
Priya Shohni & Kalpak Kothari
Prema & Vijaykumar Rao
Hitpreet Majhail & Aman Raheja
Gemma & Venugopal Kosanam
Vinaya & Krishnamohan Nayak
Sandhya & Diwakar Kamath
Shweta Singh & Nitin Srinivasamurthy
Rebecca Widiss & Raj Nayak
Shobha & Surendra Basti
Dhriti Pai & friends
Usha Gupta
Mitul Patel
Purnima & Ramdas Nayak
Veena & Gani Nayak
Tara Jalal & Anand Chandrashekhar
Syam Krishnan
Kavita & Shiv Iyer
Murugesh Kasilingam
Elizabeth M Kurien
Neethu & Sony Abraham
Ashwini & Mahesh Chandramouli
Lavanya & Karthik Venkataraman
Smitha Unnikrishnan
Nikhil Prabhakar

Help Me Reach My Goal!

Donate by Credit Card Please click the donate button to pay by credit card. Alternatively, mail cheques payable to: “Asha for Education” with “ Team Asha 2011 - Govinda Pai” printed in the memo to:
Asha for Education, Chicago Chapter
P.O Box 2283
Chicago, IL 60690-2283
Donations to Asha for Education are tax-deductible under section 501(c)(3) of the IRS Tax Code