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SOCIAL TREK 35 (ST35) 4th December 2011, SUNDAY – New Life Vision, Charitable Trust Children's Home
As a part of the social initiatives of CTC, we are organizing a Social Trek(ST35) with New Life Vision, Charitable Trust Children's Home with 25 Kids. Social trek is a trek with a noble cause in bringing a fun filled day to the kids of the home in terms of extending Parental love and affection, sponsoring the trek for them, giving all that it takes to bring a joyous smile on their faces and make it a day for them.
Interested….here’s what you have to do at a social trek Each volunteer will be assigned with the responsibility of taking full care of a kid/child for the day. Begin with knowing and remembering the name of the kid. Also know and remember the name of the home that houses the kid. After being assigned, take care of the kid like how you would take care of your loved ones – just for a couple of hours and most importantly GENUINELY !! Be responsible for the travel, food and basic needs of the kids. We will make all arrangements for the kids and we just need you to ensure the kids get it fully. Eat with them, walk with them, hand-hold them during the trails, swim and play with them in the pools, attend to their problems (wounds, injury etc if any) during the trek, take pictures with them and bid them farewell…if they feel heavy while bidding you farewell, then we’ve had a successful social trek and such an experience changes the way you look at people and certainly the way people look at you!!
Still interested….know if you can participate
This is an easy Trek. Hence people with average to above average fitness levels can participate. The trek will require you to walk at a steady medium pace traversing muddy, rocky and bushy/thorny trails with a couple of water bodies in between. Slow walkers and/or ill/sick/injured/ailing people will not be allowed to participate. We would encounter amazing water bodies that are too tempting just to stand there and watch…but trust us they are dangerous if you don’t follow our instructions. We insist that people who don’t know swimming get a swimming tube/life jacket to enjoy the fun in water. Our organizers can help you in this. Please enquire.
About NEW LIFE VISION, CHARITABLE TRUST CHILDREN’S HOME
New life vision is a registered charitable trust located on ECR, Chennai. It is a home for poor neglected orphan children. It also houses a crèche and a senior’s home. New life vision’ children’s home and orphanage have devoted themselves to taking care of poor, down trodden and under privileged children. They shelter, educate, feed, give parental love and care for all their children. This Trek intends in giving an out-of-the-world experience to these little hearts
This is a one day trek spanning about 15-18 hours in total.
Apart from basic fitness, we require people with a great attitude in social involvement. Participation and Costs
Those who are genuinely interested may fill the registration form below and we will get back to you shortly. Please fill the details correctly. The cost of the trek is Rs. 700/= that covers travel, breakfast, lunch, toll and evening tea (only) for you and the kids. In case you are bringing your car, we will reimburse towards two way fuel charges. We will also reimburse toll charges if any. If there is excess of amount after the trek, the amount will be given to the particular home for their purpose. If you do not wish to participate but would still like to extend your support, you may contribute any amount that you wish to and we will spend it accordingly. If you wish to sponsor fruits/chocolates/gifts or any other novelties, we would be more than happy to collect it from you.
Information Selection and confirmation of participants is at the sole discretion of CTC. All confirmed and selected participants will be informed separately. Further information like the
place and details of trek, preparation, dos and don’ts will be provided well in advance to the selected and confirmed participants.
Please contact the organizers for any doubts/details/clarification regarding the social trek. Rakesh Chandrasekar (firstname.lastname@example.org -- 9944845458) Kutty Krishnan (email@example.com -- 9841344574) Dropouts CTC maintains a Blacklist policy against people who drop out at the last minute without informing the organizers. If someone drops out after all the arrangements (food, transport, etc) have been made, s/he would not only be requested to share the cost of trek including food/transport, etc., regardless whether anyone replaces him/her or not but also blacklisted from participating in such events in the future. Logistics 4:30am - assemble at ECR Road Vetuvankani (orphanage) 4:50am - assemble at TIDEL park (bus stop) 5:00am - assemble at Madhya Kailash (bus stop) 5:10am - assemble at Guindy Kathypara (Toyota showroom) 5:30am - assemble at Koyambedu (Nathans Cafe) 8:am - 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 8-9pm - return to Chennai and drop the kids back home This safety precaution and a number of other general do's and don't-s guidelines had already been captured in our "club members rules" document during a recent organizers meeting. I request each of our members to carefully read through this - https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&pid=explorer&chrome=true&srcid=0B97Sb1o-r5OeMWJiYTc0NjQtYWI1NS00YjJkLWI4NjEtZDI0MTFhZWYwYmY4&hl=en_GB&authkey=CLn-0Z4L Expense Rs.700/- (covers participants + kids food/transport) The amount will have to transferred to the following account before registration. Name : Chandrasekaran Rakesh A/c no : 023201510147 Bank : ICICI Branch : AlwarthiruNagar IFSC Code : ICIC0000232 Organizers/contact Rakesh Chandrasekar (firstname.lastname@example.org -- 9944845458) Kutty Krishnan (email@example.com -- 9841344574)
Name * Rakesh Chandrasekaran
Mobile Number * 9944845458
Email Id * firstname.lastname@example.org
Transaction Details * XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
Would you like to participate (Rs. 700/-) or Just Sponsor a Kid (Rs. 300)
Area Of Residence
I Would Be Joining At * Closes point that you can make it to on time
• ( ) 4:30am assemble at ECR Road Vetuvankani (orphanage)
• ( ) 4:50am TIDEL Park (bus stop)
• ( ) 5:00am Madhya Kailash (bus stop)
• ( ) 5:10am Guindy Kathypara (Toyota showroom)
• ( ) 5:30am Koyambedu (Nathans Cafe)
I Can Bring Along * Car/Bike
• [ ] Car
• [ ] Bike
• [ ] None
Car/Bike Details Color/Model
Have you been on a Social Trek organized by CTC before (YES/NO) If YES, please provide at least 2 names of kids and their homes that you have entertained If this is your first ST, please explain why you would like to join this social trek . *
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 3 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
Swimming Ability? * If put into deep water, u ll float or sink(will help to take care of the kids)
• [ ] Yes, I know swimming and can help other non swimmers too.
• [ ] Yes, I can only manage myself.
• [ ] No, I do not know swimming, I assure that i will buy a swimming tube.
• [ ] Do you want us to buy a swimming tube (Rs. 200/= per tube for adult)
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
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Thank you for registering. We are running short of transport for the event. Totally 30 participants will make it to the Social Trek -35 with a noble intention of bringing a big smile on the Kids from New Life Vision, Charitable Trust Children's Home. Interaction with the kids will be priority on this trip. Participants are welcome to think of any cool games for the kids.
And we are running short of one car, will it be possi for any of our participants to get a car.
We have good drivers with us, just a car is needed.
Participants, please take down the numbers of the organisers whose names are highlighted below under your respective location for coordination in the morning.
PLEASE BE THERE ON TIME.
ECR Road Vetuvankani (orphanage)
Tidel Park – 4:30AM
kiran kumar reddy gujjala
asad g. pasha
Guindy – 5:10AM
Koyambedu – 5:30AM
V P Singh
Vishnu Kumar prasad
p g santhoshkumar
S Thilak Raj
Sai Swaroop R
Mrs Sulochna Saini
*(Requesting All participant please be on time)
Please contact for any kind of queries
Rakesh Chandrasekaran (9944845458 -- email@example.com)
Kutty Krishnan (9941344574 -- firstname.lastname@example.org)
Gifts - Chocolates/Sweets/Any gift will be appreciated
Feel free to bring fruits, biscuits, chocolates, stationery or such item you want to give to the children. There will be 26 children from the Home & 30 participant “kids” who wouldn’t mind a share of the yummies!
What to bring?
1. Comfortable pair of walking shoes
2. Backpack to carry change clothes & food for the children & yourself
3. 2 bottles of water (must)
4. Sun cap & sunscreen(to be in safer side)
6. Umbrella (must), as it is Raining
7. Spare cash (in case of emergencies only – Mother Nature is quite generous, otherwise)
8. Breakfast & lunch will be provided by the organizers
9. Swimming tubes compulsory for non swimmers, keep in note this is mandatory and non-swimmers without swimming tube will not be allowed to get into any of the pools.
Extra set of clothes – This trek will bring about a couple of encounters with crystal clear and cool water bodies that’s too tempting to just stand watching.
Please make sure that the kids are always watched upon and give high priority to their safety.
This safety precaution and a number of other general dos and don’ts guidelines had already been captured in our "club members’ rules" document during a recent organizers meeting. I request each of our members to carefully read through this -
It was a great experience to trek with the kids...Having been to the same location earlier,it was totally a different experience this time trekking with the kids..Would like to acknowledge that I enjoyed a lot with the lovely members of CTC...Still not able to forget the cute faces of two small babies who accompanied us..Also the punch line "We dont tolerate late comers" is still bringing a smile on my face...Thank you everybody for making the best of the day for me as well as for kids..
Kudos to the organisers for having executed things so well.
It was wonderful to meet all of you..
Request you all to share the links for the pics taken....
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Write-up by Ishwarya Charan:
For a person who never plans anything, registering a trek on time with CTC was quite something.. And from the time I registered I was looking forward for the 4th of December.. A day when I can have utmost fun with a gang of like-minded souls by being one with nature. . And adding to it we were also having kids coming with us from New Life Vision… Anticipation began to set in on the eve of the trek.. I started worrying about the checklist, the weather, my alarm clock.. and alas lost sleep.. but made to the pick-up point on time only to find out I was early.. It was quite a realization when I felt the early morning dew…!! Pheww.. wish the city sleeps all the time.. Ok.. getting back to the trip.. we finally started our journey towards Nagala with just a stop in-between for breakfast (which was yummy indeed.. especially quite a lot of fans for Pongal.. )..
When we set foot on the base.. the sun was smiling happily at us.. but even the sun can’t stop you when you see nature at its best.. That was motivation enough for us to tread along in the sun with our backpacks filled with lunch and snacks… We were happily yapping all the way.. running with the kids and pulling each others legs..with photo ops at regular intervals too.. We seemed to be walking on and on but where is the first pool?? We can hear the stream but it refuses to show up.. Our eagerness went down a bit when our muscles started to work after being lazy in the city for quite a long time.. Then when we really thought that the pool is not going to show up.. we came across a part of the stream where we could literally go and play..
And that is it..!! Nobody needed further invitation.. Everybody wanted to have some fun in the water.. And when kids are around, you got to know that the game is on!! You can’t escape without getting wet.. All of us where drenched and full of energy to start our trek again in search of the first pool.. Thanks to the regular trekkers who always gave a lending hand to those who weren’t nimble enough.. All of us were safe and made sure to help out whenever required.. And then we came across the first pool..But considering its depth..we just moved along..
The path was a bit tricky towards the second pool..but thanks to the regulars who ensured that all of us made it safe.. We just trudged further in the woods.. Some kids who felt tired cocooned themselves in the arms of our sturdy trekkers.. Some were quite eager to find out what every little thing was.. I even heard a story about magic boots from a little one… And alas.. we found the most loved second pool.. A haven for non-swimmers and swimmers alike.. And it was then when I realized there is no point learning swimming in swimming pool when you can’t enjoy it naturally.. but yeah there were swimming tubes to save us..
Some went to rejuvenate themselves in the pool while some made sure their tummy had its fuel before hitting the pool.. And then it was just mad rush for some time as we encountered two other groups.. Nobody could leave the pleasant pool or its surroundings but we had to trek back before it was too dark.. So all of us started to retrace our steps back towards the base.. While the lead took the kids and other trekkers.. few of us stayed back to ensure that we leave the pool in its pristine form.. The sweep party gathered the left out things and cleant the place and started to retrace the trail..
It was super fun even though we were tired a bit.. We were making the maximum out of it.. Always joking about someone or other.. The team had the right spirit and everything was taken in a light manner.. Thanks to Omi who was part of the sweep team for the above shot.. Maybe being part of the sweep gives you the added advantage of having some more fun and some more photo ops..
And yeah.. finally.. the time to say bye to Nagala came.. and rightly it called for a snapshot moment.. !! I am sure all of us left with a smile knowing that we had the best time along with the kids who enjoyed with us.. I am happy I was part of this team and yes.. I do look forward to my next trek with CTC.. Till then adios..!!!
Had a fantastic time! Some of the moments which i clicked, missed a lot though :(
what a humbling experience!!!
Those kids had nothing except each other and they were so happy.
Thanks CTC I had a great time and met a great bunch of people.
hopefully, we will meet again... on the next trek.
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