World Health Day is marked on 7th April, 2014. I had no idea unless I saw it on the newspapers yesterday that this day is celebrated too. I am sure there are many of us who are so bad with dates and since there is celebration for each title, it gets more confusing. So what do we actually do on this day? What do we do on the environment day which comes each year on 5th June? There are many events which take place on that particular day and the result is short termed. Don’t you think we need to carry these habits everyday in our lives and create awareness among people who are not using them or are not contributing to the environment?
This thought led to the making of THE KTM DRIVE. We don’t do same things here, but we do things differently. It all started with giving out tree saplings, some bearing fruit and some flowers. When we gave them for free we were not satisfied as we were giving out a message for a greener town, but at the same time, were those saplings being taken care of? Were they planted around the house? What was the result of the event? This inclined us to create awareness in various ways. We started visiting schools, orphanages and planted the sapling with the kids, made sure that they had the responsibility towards the green.
One thing led to the other, and we started with RUCK SACK PROJECT – a project where we collect old clothes and give it out to the one in need by wandering around the town. Giving clothes to the homeless, contributing our time at the old age home and having a mini-ice cream party, giving out new socks and gloves in the winters, this time we met young girls and taught them healthy habits. They knew it all and were so smart for their age, but a little brush up on their oral hygiene and sanitation was required. We gave them healthy kits with toothbrush, toothpaste, hand towels, nail cutter, body lotion, hair oil, ear buds and bathing soap. This is how we celebrate each event as world health day/ environment day.
These kids sang for us in chorus to the Nepali song Slowly Slowly and we were surprised when we got to know they were singing together for the first time. They were really good. I wouldn’t be surprised to see the talented kids spreading the message of cleanliness. After the talk was over, this girl asked one of us as to how much water do we drink in a day?? It left us surprised. The smartness and promptness of the kids these days is uncanny.
There are times when people come to us and ask on why are we doing these events, are we being funded, where do we get the ideas from and what joy do we get from it? Here is the answer. Each event has been a two way learning process, and we have inspired many through our journey. We are not registered neither being funded, till date we have been collecting money from our members for our events which need monetary help. Let’s see how far we can go with it as it is a team work and we do have amazing members around, we are waiting for someone to take the lead and carry it on later.
Each one of us is busy in something or else in our professional careers; we conduct these events once a month, 12 times a year. I am sure each one of us can give in that much time for a cause, something that is making a difference in the lives We would love you to be a part of our drive but even if you cannot, we request you to do your bit and give in a little time of yourself, to the people who are in need. It could be the smallest, but an act of giving gives you satisfaction, contentment and happiness which are beyond thoughts.