Running for the Girls: Q&A With Shamala Saripalli

Running for the Girls: Q&A With Shamala Saripalli

Shamala Saripalli ran the Rock’n Roll marathon in San Diego on May 31st because she loves running–and she loves supporting girls education!

Tell us a little about yourself: I live in San Diego, California, with my husband Raghu and our two sons, Rahul and Satvik. I work as a Senior Application Analyst for the City of Carlsbad.

Have you ever run a marathon, or fundraised, before? No, this was my first marathon and my first fundraiser.

Why did you choose to support Sahasra Deepika?  To provide hope and a brighter future for impoverished girls!!! I strongly believe in education as an opportunity to change lives. This is an issue that is near and dear to my heart. India has the largest population of child labor in the world. Girls especially suffer the most in a society where there is a strong preference for boys. Education gives girls hope and an opportunity to break the cycle of poverty, not just for themselves, but also for their families.

You raised an amazing amount of money–over $17,000! How did you feel when you crossed the finish line?  We did it!!! I ran with joy in my heart. I felt very proud of girls and all my supporters.

What message would you like to share with the girls at Sahasra Deepika? Girls, when you grow up, I would like to see you share your success with other girls that need help and help them become successful. Anything is possible in life if you have the desire to accomplish.

What advice do you have for others who may want to follow your example? It is absolutely a great experience, especially when you do it for a great cause.