Asha Hosts Dinner Reception to Thank Volunteer Teams
It was an evening filled with much gratitude and joy, when Asha hosted a thank you dinner for the teams visiting from Northern Ireland and the UK on 28th October 2014. The event was also a wonderful opportunity for friends of Asha from different parts of the world to socialise and get to know each other, many for the first time.
The occasion brought together teams from Rainey Endowed School from Magherafelt, Northern Ireland; Wallace High School from Lisburn, Northern Ireland; Clifton-upon-Dunsmore School from Warwickshire, UK; St. Stephen’s Church from Twickenham, UK; a team led by Sam Gibson from Lincoln, UK and many Delhi based volunteers.
John Healy from Rainey Endowed School spoke about the similarity in the vision of the school when it was founded 300 years ago and that of Dr Kiran in the present era. Speaking on behalf of Wallace High School, Moyra Richardson remarked how the work of Asha touched her on a personal level. “We have been inspired by the passion and commitment of the volunteers [Community Health Volunteers] and the values of Asha, which are lived in the slums every day,” she further added.
Amanda Clegg, who led the team from St Stephen’s Church, talked about the Church’s longstanding relationship with Asha and paid tribute to Dr Kiran. “I have learnt that one person can make a difference in the lives of many. The work of Asha is as effective as it is personal, visionary and pioneering and is always pushing the boundaries,” she said.
David Briggs, Head teacher from Clifton-upon-Dunsmore Primary School, recounted his experience of meeting Dr Kiran four years back and how it led him to support Asha. He also summarised how the school has included the work of Asha in its curriculum and the way Asha values are discussed in the school assembly each morning.
On behalf of the volunteers based in Delhi, Asha’s Job Placement Officer, Kate Yeung, talked about their association with Asha and the various ways in which they assist in the day-to-day functioning of the organisation.
In her address at the dinner, Dr Kiran expressed her gratitude to all volunteers for the time and efforts they have invested in organising their trips and for their continued support towards Asha. “It is such a joy to see so much enthusiasm and love for the work of Asha,” remarked Dr Kiran.
She concluded her speech by talking about the values that Asha stands on. “We are not here to offer pity or sympathy but we are here to deeply identify with the suffering of the person and take action to help. We all have potentials which need to be explored and encouraged so that we can all lead a life which is flourishing and not languishing,” Dr Kiran added.