Akhilesh Kasula in New Orleans, LA, USA is our Youth Ambassador for Ekam USA. He donated his birthday To Ekam USA in January 2017 and raised $1315. He spoke about the need to provide medical support for children in need and encouraged his friends and family to donate for the cause, instead of giving birthday gifts. He is an example to motivate youth about the gift of giving. With the money raised by Akhilesh, we are able to support the activities of Ekam Foundation in India for direct medical care, educational and screening camps in rural areas and training of nurses, etc.
On June 2nd, 2018, a day that dawned to be gloomy and rainy, the youth ambassadors of Ekam, Charlotte, kicked off their maiden venture with the goal of raising funds for their adopted village Sorpanandal in Thiruvannamalai district. The three kids, Nirmal Rajendran, Soorya Vasan and Varun Murlidhar had set a modest target. They aimed to raise at least 50$ that day. The money would go towards meeting the needs of the Anganwadi at Sorpanandal. The venue chosen was a health seminar that dealt with the growing epidemic of obesity and was organized by the Tamil Sangam of Charlotte at Gandhi Bhavan. The kids made a beautiful poster which showcased the work done by the Ekam foundation in India. They set up a stall and sold glasses of mango milkshake and buttermilk, vegan and gluten free cookies for a modest price of 1$ per glass/ pack of cookies to the seminar attendees. They explained the enormity of the work done by Dr. Sai and Ekam to improve maternal and infant healthcare by bridging gaps in the public healthcare system in India and how they were trying in the way they could to pitch in.
They also spoke to people at the neighboring temple hall and sold some of their goodies there. Varun’s sister, Nidhi Murlidhar, helped by donating a portion of the money she earned at the temple by selling jewelry she made.
The fundraiser was very successful and the kids raised close to $180 - much more than they expected to. They received much appreciation for raising awareness about this beautiful organization from everyone they spoke to. That day they learned a valuable lesson - everyone wants to do their bit make our world a better place. Goodness is contagious too.
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