CARTERSVILLE, Ga. -- As the Signature Sponsor of the Northwest Georgia 'March for Babies', Surya raised $11,300 for the March of Dimes' research in the prevention of birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality for the 2017 event.
On May 5, Surya employees participated in the 5K walk/run at Dellinger Park in Cartersville, Ga. to raise funds and awareness of the March of Dimes' initiatives. Leading up to the event, over 200 Surya employees along with friends and family members donated to multiple fundraisers that included weekly pancake breakfasts, "Change for Change" jars and tote bag sales with proceeds going to the march's funds.
"We are pleased to partner with the March of Dimes organization again this year," said Satya Tiwari, president of Surya. "As a recent father, I personally relate to and empathize with parents' desire for smooth pregnancies and healthy deliveries. The March of Dimes' research alongside its assistance to families of children born prematurely or with deficiencies represents incredibly important work and the Surya family fully supports and encourages it."
The March of Dimes 'March for Babies' event raised close to $90 million in 500 communities in the United States in 2016. Every year, 380,000 babies are born prematurely, and premature birth is still the leading cause of infant deaths. To decrease and, ultimately, resolve this issue, the March of Dimes has established five prematurity research centers across the country, where nearly 200 scientists and doctors are examining, identifying and preventing the causes of preterm birth. The Northwest Georgia 'March for Babies' raised $48,555 to date, with more donations still being submitted.
With over 500 employees at its corporate headquarters and distribution center, Surya is a major employer in the Cartersville area and has a history of supporting local community events and organizations such as the Northwest Georgia 'March for Babies' and local food pantries.
For more information about Surya's social responsibility initiatives, visit www.surya.com/social-responsibility. To learn more about the March of Dimes, go to www.marchofdimes.org.