Social Trek/22 - Oct 9 - Goodwill Live
As a part of 'Trek with a cause' initiatives of CTC, we are organizing a kids' trek on Saturday, Oct 9, 2010. The objective of this 1day trek is to take out 40 kids from Goodwill Live orphanage home to Nagalapuram and provide them a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Participants will spend an entire day with the kids in the beautiful surroundings of Nagalapuram. Participation fees are 500Rs which includes sharing the cost of transportation and food for both participants and kids. Only those who are interested to spend time with the kids should sign up. Participants will assemble on Saturday early morning at the usual pick up points in Chennai, in parallel we will pick up the kids from the orphanage in Tambaram and proceed together to Nagalapuram, 2 hours North of Chennai. We will walk with and guide the kids along a crystal clear water stream in beautiful natural surroundings. Participants will play with kids in the beautiful pools and waterfalls. We will have breakfast and lunch along the way and return to Chennai by evening around 8pm. Focus should be on interaction with and safety of the children.
More info, photos, experiences from our members on past social treks in our forum.
Link to photos from a previous social treks -
4:10am - assemble at Tarambaram (orphanage)
4:30am - assemble at TIDEL park (bus stop)
4:40am - assemble at Madhya Kailash (Bus stop)
4:50am - assemble at Guindy Kathypara (Toyota showroom)
5:10am - assemble at Koyambedu (Nathans Cafe)
8am - arrival at the dam in Nagalapuram (Western side) 3km trek along scenic stream
11am-3pm - enjoy playing with the kids near a beautiful water falls + have lunch
4pm - return back to the dam/cars
8pm - return to Chennai and drop the kids back home
What to bring?
Comfortable pair of walking shoes
Small backpack to carry personal items, water and food 1 bottle of water (filled)
Spare set of clothes (to change after splashing in water)
Sun cap, sunscreen
Any small gifts, chocolates, sweets, fruits, ... for the kids
Food will be provided by the organizers
Thilak - firstname.lastname@example.org (9840873859)
Peter - email@example.com (9600004509)
Ela - firstname.lastname@example.org (9962527887)
Name * Peter Van Geit
Email Id * email@example.com
Mobile number * 9600004509
I am bringing * Transporation, fuel cost will be shared amongst participants
• ( ) Car
• ( ) Bike
• ( ) None
Car model/color/registration in case you bring a car
I am joining at * Indicate your pick up point
• ( ) TIDEL Park (4:30am)
• ( ) Madya Kailash (4:40am)
• ( ) Guindy Circle (4:50am)
• ( ) Koyambedu (5:10am)
• ( ) Nagalapuram (8am)
I register only after confirming my availability. I understand that the organizers need to make advance arrangements of transportation and food and agree to pay the full fees in case I drop out within the last 2 days before the trek. *
• [ ] I agree
I understand that the safety of the children is of primary concern during a social trek and take responsibility to take utmost care of the kids during this outing *
• [ ] I agree
Littering or polluting, smoking, consuming of alcohol, and anti social behavior are strictly prohibited during the trek *
• [ ] I agree
Disclaimer - trekking involves inherent dangers including rock climbing, swimming through water pools, wildlife (snakes, etc.). CTC and its organizers are not responsible for any accidents or injuries during the trek. They are also not responsible for any loss or damage to personal property. The participant agrees to take full responsibility on the above *
• [ ] I agree
Social trek 22- initially we planned to take Good life home but as there the kids had school which was announced by school authority we were unable to take them.
Still we don’t want to disappoint the wonderful volunteers of CTC. We spoke with Anbu Illam and at the last moment and the kids were so happy that CTC is taking them to a trek once again.
A group on 34 volunteers along with 3 kids assembled at Koyambedu from the other pickup points headed towards the home and reached the home by 6. 30 am. The kids were ready for wonderful days out. We had our breakfast midway after Periyapalayam. We reached the base. We gave the caps donated by Suresh and fruits by Suman to the kids. After distributing and instruction given to the volunteers, we started with a brisk walk and reached the stream. There we drenched ourselves in cool water. We played for 15 min and started towards the first pool. The kids were efficient swimmers who jumped from the top to in deep waters. We spent some time in first pool and started to the second pool. We played for a long time. Sometime later we had yummy lunch. The kids and the volunteers started for the fun session 2 after the lunch. We swam, played, jumped, slide from the fall and what not we did. We started from the second pool having sweet chocolates by Dhana. We reached base and chocolates was given by Madhu Kiran, biscuits by Dinesh & Nisha. Sketch and colours pencils were given by Kirti.
The kids were as happy as were the volunteers.
Volunteers, Hats Off To You. You had brought a million dollar smile on these kids face.
Special Thanks to one all who made a difference, who made the kids happy.
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I would like to thank Thilak and Peter for the wonderfully organized social trek. Special regards to all the volunteers for making it a trek to cherish. For a change, I had the experience of being an official photographer with my Canon 10x Digital Camera. It would obviously reflect on the lesser number and quality of the pics taken on this trek ;)
Social treks combine my favorite features of CTC, socializing and trekking, along with spending time with underprivileged kids. The spirit and attitude of the kids among the difficulties they are in, inspires me a lot. This is my second social trek organized my Thilak that I had attended and I would like to acknowledge the noble deed he's been doing. I would also like extend my support in the future social treks.
It was really nice meeting you after a long time, Sudhir Bhai. I also happened to meet the only second ever Singh who ever speaks Tamil fluently in my life, Mr. Thara, a man's uniqueness adds to the amount of respect he commands...Hats off :) Picassa has been refusing to upload my pics for a long while now. So, I shall update the link as soon as it done. It was really nice meeting everyone yesterday. Best wishes until we meet again in one of the subsequent treks :)
Here are some of the pics... http://picasaweb.google.com/maruvit/CTCST0910201002#
Will post a new msg once all pics are uploaded
First I thank to CTC for the great social trek also thanks to all the volunteers for making the trek tremendous joy. I have couple of good photos uploaded in the following link
Memories Remain (on Picasaweb) ;)
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