Worldwide, distance running events have established themselves as fund raising platforms for various causes. Marathons are a wonderful trigger to do your bit for charity, since it symbolizes community spirit, melts all barriers and provides a unique platform for fund raising to support the less fortunate. Since time immemorial, it is the heart of an individual fund raiser/donor that has helped the social sector, thus making an indelible impact at the grassroots.

The Airtel Delhi Half Marathon supports the idea of ‘Run for a Cause’, therefore giving runners the opportunity for making their run meaningful by choosing a cause they would believe. It also lends an opportunity to all Civil Society Organisations - CSOs/ NGOs to ‘raise friends and therefore raise funds’. This year is the 14th edition of the Delhi Half Marathon & 11th edition under the title sponsorship of Bharti Airtel.

Some CSOs use this event as a platform to raise awareness for the work they undertake, and some to raise amounts for their charitable activities. Each CSO is empowered under the supervision of India Cares Foundation - the event’s official Philanthropy Partner, thus reaching out to various corporate and citizens of India. In the last 13 years of the event, over 200 CSOs have on an aggregate raised INR 39.46 crores for their various projects. For CSOs to register with India Cares, please visit:

Charity through the ADHM is encouraged by way of fund raising; runners/individuals are invited to not only donate on their own, but importantly raise funds through their circle of family, friends, colleagues, acquaintances, in support of the CSO chosen by such runner/individual.

ADHM offers an easy to use structure to raise funds. One of the easiest and most effective ways of fundraising is online. You can raise funds online by just creating your own appeal page on and receive funds through credit/debit card payments, or just accept cash/cheque/DD in the name of the CSO you are fund raising for.

The event proves true #dilwallokidilli.