The aftermath of the walk

With hindsight now we can envisage the organization of the walk for next year.  We conjecture that the date will then be 11.11.11 which will fall on a Friday, which means that we will need to apply for permission for children to walk on a school day.  We will begin to orient ourselves towards next year in the coming weeks and post our perspective up here.  Comments and suggestions will be welcome.

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This walk represents a joyful celebration for the children, because it signifies that they are taking a stand on their future and the future of all sentient beings on Mother Earth.  Here are just some of the images we collected from this celebratory occasion:


A young actor shows some spunk on the bus ...


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Refills for refreshments were on call and much needed ...




Distribution of food was a pleasant task for volunteers.

The walkers rested in the shade when it became very hot:

Many children prepared costumes and scripts for small dramas and songs to entertain the resting walkers:

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Preparations of refreshments were underway early on 101010 ...

The children form a long column in readiness …

Traffic at the beginning was not busy:

But it became chaotic after some time and more police support would have been welcome:

However most of the walk was orderly and light hearted:

We had the trusty mobile clinic ready for any unlikely emergency:

Bullock carts accompanied us all the way, some with musicians and some with refreshments, and some for any tired walkers:

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The children of the Arunachala Village School are making use of the holidays following exams to create a piece of theatre that they will extend and elaborate on in future for presentation to our community; this is their special contribution towards the health of their future. The skit they are working on is a simple scenario in which a group of tribal people successfully defend a tree from being cut by developers.  The costume Department was in full swing: The results were spectacularly green: The actors exhibited a fine sense of onstage prescence: Still there are some days for polishing up the performance; when it is ready we can post the results for you.

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On the eighth evening we took the pradakshina route from the designated beginning of the proposed walk – the children’s park at The Forest Way, around the hill to Esanya Tank.  We needed to survey the proposed stops, considering the intervals between and noticing what each stopping place provided for what we have in mind.  First we trundled   through to the end of a Restawhile Park:

Then we had a discussion:

This continued along the site of the new pradakshina walk path until Kubera Lingam:

The evening glow and light rain was enchanting at the beautiful old Esaya Thirthum:

Although we were only on the perimeter of town the general confusion and raucous cacophony was so overwhelming it seemed impossible even to think of the children walking through town so we went to a relatively quiet place to eat, contemplate and prepare ourselves for the final stretch home.  Upon reflection we decided to take a look at the last leg after the disruptive roadworks presently in progress.

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Nurjahan and Seetha are watching the Power Point Presentation of to decide whether it is suitable for us to show to teachers so that they can be sure to understand why we are organizing the Arunachala Childrens Walk 101010.

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