WEST ORANGE, NJ - The Fifth Annual STOP For Nikhil Run/Walk will be held on Sept. 20 at West Orange High School to raise traffic safety awareness. The event is being held by the Nikhil Badlani Foundation in honor of Nikhil Badlani, who was killed in 2011 at age 11 in a car accident, when a car ran through a stop sign and struck the family's car.
Entry fees are divided into two age groups. The fee for children ages five-13 is $15, while the fee for adults over 14 is $20. An additional fee of $5 will be charged for race day registration.
Children under age eight can also participate in a Kids' Run and other fun activities.
The event schedule is as follows:
- 7:30 a.m.: Registration begins
- 8:50 a.m.: Ceremony begins
- 9:30 a.m.: 5K Run begins
- 9:45 a.m.: 3K Walk begins
- 10:30 a.m.: Kids' Run begins.
Participants may either join a team or start their own. Prizes will be awarded to the three fastest male and female runners in each age group and to the team captains who raise the most funds and have the most team members.
Click HERE to register or donate.
Click HERE for the Foundation Facebook page.
Click HERE to view highlights from the 2014 walk.
Nikhil's Law is Offical
“Nikhil's Law” will officially become the Law of the State on August 4. The law requires the MVC to inform and test drivers on the dangers of failing to comply with traffic safety laws and present them with the option to take the "STOP for Nikhil Safety Pledge."
The bill passed the Assembly 75-0 and the Senate 40-0. With Gov. The bill will be signed into law on August 4, at 10:30 a.m. by Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno at the MVC in Randolph.
On July 30, West Orange Mayor Robert Parisi wrote on Facebook, "Thanks to The Nikhil Badlani Foundation's hard work, Nikhil's Law has passed the assembly and should be signed into law next week."
Click HERE to read the previous TAP article about the law.
Take the Safety Pleadge HERE.
Winner of “2015 STOP For Nikhil Run/Walk - T-Shirt Design Contest" is Announced
The winner of the “2015 STOP For Nikhil Run/Walk - T-Shirt Design Contest” has been announced. Jocelyn Mendez of Summit High School won the contest. She will be recogned and acknowledged at the Walk, on the Foundation website, on the T-shirts as "Friends of Nikhil.” She will also receive a cash award of $150.
Sixth Piece of Traffic Safety Artwork Unveiled
The sixth piece of traffic safety artwork, called “Maplewood-STOP” was unveiled at Maplewoodstock on July 31. The event was held at the DeHart Community Center.
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About the Nikhil Badlani Foundation
The mission of The Nikhil Badlani Foundation (the "Foundation") is to expand and enhance the lives of underserved children in West Orange, New Jersey, and neighboring communities through individualized lessons for talented musicians, scholarships for graduating seniors, and traffic safety awareness and education for all.
The Foundation helps children pursue their passion for music by providing individualized music lessons for free or at a reduced cost for students from West Orange and neighboring towns who show talent and promise and who demonstrate financial need. Through such lessons, the Foundation hopes to foster creativity, self-esteem and confidence in children, as well as raise their awareness of and participation in local and state music organizations, such as the New Jersey Youth Symphony and the Youth Orchestra of Essex County.
The Foundation helps support the West Orange Scholarship Fund, which provides monetary awards to graduating West Orange High School seniors who demonstrate academic achievement, good character, artistic ability, and community involvement, in addition to financial need.
Traffic Safety Awareness
The Foundation will partner with state and local authorities by hosting events to promote awareness of traffic rules and improve traffic safety in residential areas, and by spreading the message “STOP means stop.”
The Nikhil Badlani Foundation is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization, incorporated in July 2011. EIN#: 45-2812172