Being the founder member of this group, my experience has been amazing. The ride has been really good and it has taught me ways of living, made me realize how blessed we are with the things we have. It gives me different energy and enthusiasm to plan the events each time which is unexplainable. The magical blessings from thousands of people have been heart warming. As we have touched the lives of about five thousand people, we are willing to learn more and give the most to the world.
The best part about KTM drive for the members is that it is not a compulsion, nor is it a strict rule that once they have joined the group they have to be present at the event. The decision of being a part of different events is left on them and it has made them more participative. Since everyone wants to give to the society in some or the other way, The Ktm Drive has created a platform where one can give ideas, involve in different activities as well as sponsor the events and connect with many people. The group is a combination of professionals from different fields which makes it more interesting. The events are held on Saturdays which makes it easy for everyone as it is a holiday.
The people who observe our events question me on why don’t we get ourselves registered and work as an organization. The simple answer to that is: – We are not a NGO but work like one and we believe we have inspired and motivated many. We have ourselves discovered so many things as each event has been a learning curve. The next part where people are inquisitive about us is on our working area, which is diverse, from planting trees, to distributing saplings, visiting old age home, rucksack projects, bakery and ice cream treats, sponsoring kids for their education We are involved in all which surprises many. The reason behind this is we want to give to the society in whichever way we can and we do not want to be restrictive. Since good is happening with each creative event we do not concentrate on one field.
40 events, which included visiting Montessori’s and meeting the notorious and innocent kids, coordinating at schools , hospitals for plantation program, collecting clothes for rucksacks, awareness program at various orphanages, playing games and flying kites with differently able kids, finding individual sponsors for the event, taking permission from the Agriculture Ministry for collecting number of saplings from Chobar nursery, it has been an awesome run. There are instances when there have been people excited to hear about the events we do and promising us that they would be involved in one way or the other and they are times when individuals have not bothered to take care of the plants they grow. We have met extremes. This encourages us to reach more people and make them understand that the act of giving in itself is never wasted and should not only be in thoughts.
While we plant and monitor saplings at different places, we spread the benefits of Mother Nature who has given us in abundance. We do the bit we can, spread smiles and give gratitude. An idea of making the town greener which has gone out to various social causes is appreciated by all. We have a logo, a site to ourselves (www.ktmdrive.com) which explains about upcoming events, what The KTM Drive is all about, how to be a part of it. We got shirts printed for ourselves. There are sponsors, who have deposited money not wanting to know which area we would use it for. They know how we roll, what we do and are assured it would reach the right place. That’s what we wanted to be: – transparent. Our work shows what we are.
There are moments when we were asked on what are the benefits we achieve from the events? To this I would just describe in a line saying that :- “Some achievement are not material, each one of us involved in the drive has received satisfaction, inner happiness and are proud of ourselves for doing what we are doing.”