Women's Rally to the Valley concludes in Aamby Valley City
To celebrate International Women's Day on March 8, 2015, the Western India Automobile Association (WIAA) in association with Aamby Valley City organised a women's car rally called the Women's rally to the Valley. A 1,000 women in over 250 cars participated in the rally.
The rally was flagged off by the president of the Federation Internationale de L'Automobile (FIA), Jean Todt from the forecourt of hotel Sahara Star in Mumbai. Participants drove to Aamby Valley City in Lonavala where the grand culmination ceremony was held.
The executive chairman of the WIAA, Nitin Dossa said, "Since WIAA's prime focus is creating awareness in society about road safety, we have now taken initiative to create awareness about women's safety on roads, in public transport and in public places. With the growing attacks on women in recent times, it is important to create awareness amongst the citizens of Mumbai to build a protective society for women."
The event was attended by famous personalities ranging from several fields. There were some cars that were repainted in themes that draw the nation's attention to issues faced by women in India.
Mumbai's first ever 'Women's Rally to the Valley' on Int'l Women's Day
|Mumbai, India - March 8, 2015: It's not every day that one witnesses hundreds of elegant and trendy cars driving through the city streets in perfect tandem. But this was not just another day. This Sunday was the day when thousands of women came out and gathered to celebrate the spirit of womanhood. It was the Women's Rally to the Valley' - a women's car rally presented by JK TYRE & Industries Limited and organised by Western India Automobile Association (WIAA) in association with Aamby Valley City on the occasion of International Women's Day. Mumbai's first ever Women's Car Rally had over 250 cars (1000 women) owning the streets of Mumbai on their special day. The rally commenced from Hotel Sahara Star (Domestic Airport) at 8 in the morning and proceeded through the heart of the city. The participants then passed through Worli Sea Face, Peddar Road, Chowpatty, Marine Drive, Churchgate and reached Aamby Valley, the hosts for the grand culmination ceremony. On behalf of WIAA, Executive Chairman Mr. Nitin Dossa said, "Since WIAA's prime focus is creating awareness in society about road safety, we have now taken initiative to create awareness about women's safety on roads, in public transport and in public places. With the growing attacks on women in recent times, it is important to create awareness amongst the citizens of Mumbai to build a protective society for women." Mr. Jean Todt, President, Federation Internationale de L'Automobile (FIA) the World body for Motor Sports & Mobility is the special guest at the first ever women's car rally in Mumbai. The duo Flagged off the rally with loud cheers and camaraderie from the participants. It is for the first time in the history of Motor Sports that a Rally is being flagged off by the President FIA in the presence of Dr. Vijay Mallya, Chairman, FMSCI, the controlling body of Motor Sports in India and other office bearers of FMSCI and noted Industrialist and Motor Sports enthusiast Mr. Gautam Singhania. The rally was unique in the sense that 77 year old Rajkumari S. Kasliwal was the first driver to be flagged off by FIA President Mr. Jean Todt. Several famous personalities from Mumbai who have time and again voiced for the rights of women and equality in the society participated with much enthusiasm. Actress Tanvi Azmi, Neerja Birla, Mugdha Godse, Gurmeet Chowdhry, veteran rallyist Renuka Kripalani, Deepa Damodaran and yesteryears rallyists Navaz Bhathena Sandhu along with senior Katy Bhathena graced the occasion. These people's presence shows the importance of the event and interest generated in Indian sporting circles.|