Pat Farmer arrives in Goa, gets rousing welcome and felicitated


Panjim, Feb 8:  At a felicitation function here in Margao, Australian Ultra Marathon runner Pat Farmer said, “India is Incredible and Goa a beautiful State. India is a shining example to the world and my run in India is to show the world how people  care for each other in this country.”

“I have travelled the world running and every step is for a cause,” Farmer said adding that nothing worthwhile is easy.  He said that he is experiencing India and enjoying every moment of it.

Hon’ble Minister for Fisheries, Mr. Avertano Furtado said, “Pat  Farmer is  an inspiration for  the  children  of  Goa and  if  he can run  4,600 kms within India so  can  our  young  children.”
Mr. Furtado presented a stoll and  a  memento to Farmer and  said that he would like to have him back to enjoy the beautiful State of Goa.

The Director of Tourism, Mr. Sanjeev C Gauns Dessai, Mr  Vikas Rustagi, Regional Director of India Tourism shared the dais at the Black Box at Ravindra Bhavan, Fatorda, Margao which was packed with children from different sports faculties.
Earlier  today, Pat Farmer was accorded a warm  welcome  as  he entered  Goa  to mark the  Spirit  of  India   run which he initiated since January 26, 2016.
Hon’ble Minister for Sports, Mr. Ramesh Tawadkar welcomed the ace runner  at the Pollem check post where Farmer received a traditional Goan reception.
Floral greetings, brass  bands and cheering contingents added festivity when Farmer stepped into Goa along with his team.

Officials from the Department of Tourism, Goa Tourism Development Corporation, Department of Sports, Sports Authority of Goa,  India Tourism and various sports organizations here in the State, athletes, school children and well wishers  gathered in large numbers to witness Farmer heading into  Goa at the State border this morning.
The renowned long distance runner later interacted with school children and the youth at Malikarjun High School, Canacona and thereafter continued his run till Cuncolim where he completed 80  kms of  running for the day.
A special programme was organized at the Ravindra Bhavan where Farmer was felicitated and also had another elaborate round of interactions with school children, sports personalities and others.

Farmer will leave for Maharashtra early on Tuesday morning. He will re-start his run from Cuncolim and will be seen off at the border by officials from the tourism and sports departments.
During the day today, children gathered in large numbers to cheer the Aussie runner as he proceeded along the highway from Canacona to Cuncolim.

Mr. Farmer’s Spirit of India Run is aimed at cementing relations between India and Australia; encourage tourism and personal relationships with a view to create awareness of India as a ‘Must Experience’ destination for travellers from Australia; and support causes and charity which in the current endeavour is to raise funds for education of the girl child.

The Ministry of Tourism and the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India along with State Tourism Departments of the States of Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Goa, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Haryana, Punjab, Jammu & Kashmir and Union Territory of Chandigarh are supporting  Spirit of India Run  by Mr. Pat Farmer, Spirit of India Run is also being supported by  Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO), Federation of Hotels & Restaurants Association of India (FHRAI), Hotel Association of India, Indian Heritage Hotels Association, etc.
Mr. Farmer is a multiple world record holder for endurance running and has run from the North Pole to the South Pole and across Australia, New Zealand, Vietnam, the Middle East and North America. He has served as a Member of Australia’s Parliament, with 3 years as Parliamentary Secretary for Education