Be Positive - CTC's awareness mega bike ride to Yelagiri, Sep 18-19
CTC 2-day mega bike ride (goal - 100 bikers + 100 pillions) to Yellagiri (220km one way, a scenic hill station at 1000m altitude), to spread awareness on blood donation, overnight camping & trekking in ghats, awesome valley views, cool mountain climate, enjoying the company of fellow bikers and CTCians and of course feeling the passion within a large like minded group to go get together to spread awareness for a good cause
The Chennai Trekking Club is teaming up with the Rotary Clubs of Tamil Nadu (5 Districts,500 Clubs and approx 15000 members) to spread awareness for a mega blood donation drive 'BE POSITIVE' on a single day the 23rd Sept 2010 from 9am - 2pm at over 150 centers involving 150 Blood Banks most of which will be government blood banks and some private banks. The donors will be from colleges,corporate offices and factories.
The aim of this mega blood donation drive is not merely to collect volumes of blood it is more so to create an awareness on the need and importance of voluntary blood donation. Blood cannot be manufactured. There is a shortage of blood round the year to the tune of 55% against the need. Hence we hope to create awareness to the society through this mega blood donation drive. The Deputy CM Thiru.M.K.Stalin will be inaugurating the mega blood donation on Sept 23rd.
The Rotary has requested CTC to organize a mega awareness bike rally Yellagiri, a scenic hill station, 350km Southwest of Chennai. Along the way we will be driving through various cities and regional rotary clubs to create awareness carrying flags, posters and wearing t-shirts. The Rotary District shall sponsor fuel, food, t-shirts and hotel stay at Yellagiri for all bikers and pillions. They will provide Press and Media Coverage to spread awareness. An ambulance from the Billroth Hospital will accompany us. We will arrange 5 SUV-s to accompany us for carrying luggage and more.
5am - assembly at various locations across the city (see below)
6am - all bikers and pillions assemble at Marina beach for the kick off of the mega bike ride by a celebrity, distribute "O Positive" t-shirts to all participants
6am-6pm - scenic, relaxed bike ride to Yellagiri along national highways and through smaller cities, ghat roads, lunch along the way
6pm - check into hotel at Yellagiri, dinner, songs, dance around a BIG BONFIRE
6:30am - wake up lazy buggers!
7am-12pm - (optional) Peter will take you along some mini-treks to a few awesome viewpoints in Yellagiri.
9:30am - breakfast 12pm - start return journey
2pm - reach Vellore for lunch and big awareness function
3pm - leave to Chennai 7pm - reach back at Chennai, disperse to the respective assembly locations
Completely Free. The Rotary District shall sponsor fuel, food, t-shirt and hotel stay at Yellagiri for all.