CUPA ,WRRC Event- Inspiration 2012
CUPA takes every opportunity to raise awareness and engage with young kids about how important it is to be compassionate to animals. So when the CMCA (Children’s Movement for Civic Awareness) asked us to participate while they facilitated interaction and conversation with 2000 children on various civic issues from a number Bangalore schools, we joined hands with them immediately.
The children arrived at the St. Joseph’s Indian High School bright and early on the day of the fair, several of them displaying handmade placards and signs illustrating the civic causes they were already supporting. The stall on our immediate left gave away ‘Trees for Free’ to promote a clean and green Bangalore, and on our right was an organization promoting the use of recycled paper. The event was inaugurated by Bangalore celebrity Vasundara Das at 10 am after which the students were allowed to move around in small groups. The atmosphere was soon buzzing with excitement and curiosity. Several children gushed to say that they too loved animals and inquired about how they could begin volunteering. Many kids dropped their extra pocket money into our donation box, and were delighted to hear that they were contributing towards care and feed for the animals.
The highlight of the day for the CUPA team was one young boy who donned a very intriguing costume – He felt very strongly about the lack of hygiene in our neighbourhoods and to express himself he had single-handedly designed a wearable dustbin – complete with real snack packets and plastic bottles. He had also drawn a ‘street’ dog sniffing into the garbage and made sure to mention that the garbage strewn around public bins posed serious health risks to them too. He was instantly and unanimously made the CUPA mascot for the day.
We wrapped up shortly before lunch as the event was scheduled to conclude at 1pm with a march around the Kanteerava stadium. We are glad to have had the fantastic opportunity to speak with and answer the questions the youngsters posed to us. You can also reach out to us if you would like to plan an awareness event at your office, school, college, RWO or neighborhood – everyone needs to know that animals deserve compassion too and we are always available to spread this important message.