A group of young professionals came together for to hand over funding to a Hyderabad based NGO. They had all taken part in one of Childreach International India’s landmark schemes – Challenge Events. Challenge Events, allows participants to not only fundraise to help support projects across India, but also take part in a life changing adventure. This particular group had taken on the daunting task of trekking to Everest Base Camp.
They began in Delhi, where they were taken to one of our projects here in the capital, NOW (New Opportunities for Women). Here the group had the chance to meet the volunteers and enjoy some fun activities such as face painting with the children the project works with.
Dr Lalit Kumar, Ministry for Communal Harmony, spoke to the group wishing them luck before flagging them off, setting them on their way as they departed for Kathmandu. Here they began their 15 day trek to Everest Base Camp, reaching heights of well over 17600 ft, taking in some of the most breath taking views imaginable of the imposing Mount Everest.
One of the participants, Shekhar Naik, ‘The challenge is good for you, refreshes and re-energizes you, signing up also leads you to donating to a noble cause.’ On returning their experience was capped off with the cheque hand over and receiving of their certificates. The founder of CHERISH, Neelima Musinada spoke passionately about the work her NGO does with street children. The evening was a great success and a brilliant opportunity for the Challengers to further understand how their fundraising is used to benefit the lives of children in India. A fantastic example of how Individual / Corporate Social Responsibility can not only benefit others, but also have a profound impact on the life of the participant.
Another of the participants, Mayanka Sharma, ‘I thoroughly enjoyed the event, having seen my contribution being used for the welfare of those happy and joyous kids who are limited just by money gave me unbound pleasure and satisfaction.’
Challenge Events allow the participants to witness with their own eyes the positive impact their efforts are having on the children of India.