Wonderful Write-Up from Rathi Anbusatchi.
A small recap of the event,
The greatest invention comes from an idea and so is this organization. An idea was born, discussed, planned, and executed. It’s never as easy as it sounds to organize an event to plant 50 saplings; with 50 members in a governmental institution. It is a great hardship. No one would have even thought of executing, but in CTC, it’s nothing more than a piece of cake.
Ainthinai, green wing of CTC has done a lot of remarkable events previously and this was another feather in the cap.
The event started for me just a week back on receiving a mail, but for the organizer it would have started a month back probably. With all the background work on getting permission in a Government Hospital in Egmore, arranging for the saplings, tools for digging pits and checking the area for planting with respect to sunlight, water facility and soil was all done and ready when we received the mail. All participants had to do was to dig a pit, plant and water it, more importantly to spread the awareness- the main focus of the green events.
Generally planting saplings are done in out skirts of Chennai, this time it was carried within the city in close proximity. Of any other times, this gave an opportunity for many to participate. We had more number of volunteers than expected. It was encouraging knowing many had the desire to change the world and in preserving the depleting environment. This clearly marks the success of Ainthinai’s goal.
All participants gathered in front of Government Hospital for Women & Children in Egmore by 6:30 a.m. There were challenges as certain location chosen for plantation wasn’t available. More number of volunteers came forward and we made the maximum usage of available space. A brief lecture on the saplings to be planted, its usage and importance were clearly explained. A demo was also given by Mr.Mani on the method of planting the sapling and reason behind every step.
All participant started the work by 7 30 a.m. Work was divided among everyone and they started off. Loosening the soil with the crow bar, digging the pit with hoe/spade, planting the sapling, covering the pit with manure mixed in the soil, tightening the soil by applying pressure and mulching to avoid evaporation of water was done. This process continued for 3 full hours.
Apart from this, Eeyakam, an organization working on social welfare in regard to hospitals also joined hands with us.
There was also a brief session on importance of blood donation, stem cell donation and the importance in spreading their awareness.
By 10 a.m. we took a short break for breakfast, had an energetic diet and started the work again. The remaining saplings were planted in the nursing hostel. All planted sapling were properly watered with good mulching. We let few saplings to be planted by students in the hostel. This would help them in creating a close bond with nature and drive them in maintaining the environment.
Little drops of water make a mighty ocean; every small sapling makes an oxygen filled world tomorrow.