Hello everyone! I am Monica and I work as a volunteer with the Administrative branch at The YP Foundation. Over 150 volunteers at The YP Foundation are raising funds and running in the Great Delhi Run on 21st Nov to show support for the causes that TYPF works for; imparting education and life-skills to urban slum children, HIV/AIDS, gender and sexuality, arts, governance, film-making and RTI. I am one of them.
I began my fundraising efforts and registered for the Concern India marathon on 28th of September.
Fundraising for the marathon at first seemed like a daunting task as I set such a high goal for myself. I played safe at first and started with my family members. Their support and contributions of 7,500 is what got me to believing that I could actually reach my target. I then broadened my view to my neighbors and college friends and am now comfortably close to my goal. I want to share an incident that truly touched my heart and in fact inspired me to work for a cause, that has always been very close to my heart.
One Tuesday morning I was talking to a few friends outside college about how The YP Foundation works for underprivileged children by educating them about life skills and helps them with academics when a 12 year old girl interrupted me to ask me “kya aap in paison se hum jaise bachon to padhai karate ho?” I thought it was cute and I smiled and nodded in affirmation to which she very dedicatedly said, “mera naam Meghna hai, main bapu dham basti mein rehti hun, mein bhi appke kaam ke liye dus rupeeye dena chahti hun.” This moment not only changed the way I looked at raising funds for The YP Foundation but also gave me a whole new perspective about donations. I was moved by the generous and kind thought of the girl who donated her money to a complete stranger based only on a promise and hope in an endeavor to help other children just like her own self.
It led me to ask myself a simple question, which now, I would like all of you, reading this blog to ask yourselves-’if that little girl, with no idea of how this world functions, who’s family struggles everyday for survival, could dare to dream, is it not our duty to make every possible effort to make her dream come true?”
For almost a decade, The YP Foundation has been striving to help the youth community in numerous ways. Their determination to help and guide under-privileged children and young adults in context to health, education and development of the community as a whole has seen many success stories emerge where few were possible.
This year, I found myself part of this amazing project, helping their cause by raising money and volunteering to run in the Great Delhi Run. This was, needless to say, a very new and different experience for me. While collecting donations I found that it really isn’t difficult to get support from people around you as long as the cause is ‘worthwhile’. And I strongly feel that every cause, no matter what, is worthwhile as long as it helps someone even if it’s just ‘one’. It also made me realize just how many people need help and just how many people are willing to offer help.
Just a thought: At this moment there are close to 6470818671 people in the world, Some are running around scared, some are coming home, some tell lies to make it through the day, some just choose not to face the truth, some are evil and at war with the good while some are struggling against evil. Six billion people in this world, six billion souls and sometimes all you need is, one person trying to make a change.
What I learnt form my personal experience while raising money for the cause was that no matter how small or big the donation, it’s the thought behind it that really counts and at the end of the day passionate people make a difference.
Aarti Susan Mathew