Saturday Sep 28, 2013
Boston volunteers organizes 3rd annual 5K walk
VT Seva supports Schools for Visually disabled under-served students in Andhra Pradesh. Students with Visual impairment are enrolled in the Elementary, Junior and Degree Colleges.
These schools record 100% Pass rate and on graduating many were able to acquire employment in various government sector operations.
Inspired by our VT Seva CEO HH Chinna Jeeyar Swamiji and the accomplishments by the Netravidyalaya students, VT Seva Boston Team has commemorated the World Sight Day
[2nd Thursday of October] by organizing its 3rd Annual 5K walkathon on September 28th 2013. The focus is to raise awareness for visual impairment and blindness worldwide and raise funds
for Visually challenged students enrolled in Netravidyalaya in Andhra Pradesh.
Boston chapter VTSeva 3rd Rock Pavilion section of the park. In the early morning itself youth volunteer Manoj Donepudi
along with other adult volunteers arrived at the park for Trail-marking with arrow sheets for the benefit of the walkers. Thanks to technology, they were able to measure and set marking the
trail which is close to 5K in distance. In the meantime, other Youth Volunteer Sai Mrunalini, Akshitha Maqtedar, Raga Chilakamarri, Anirudh Naidu joined hands to setup the registration
desk, snack table, Water table and displayed informational material related to VTSeva and Cancer awareness all along the pavilion. Large amount of Baked goods were donated by Panera
Bread. Fruits and water were donated by VTSeva volunteers.
Registration began at 9am on that bright and sunny morning. VTSeva T-Shirts were distributed to early registrants. Smt. Vani Raju, a local Yoga Instructor kindly agreed to volunteer her time to teach several Stretches and breathing techniques to walkers. All walkers participated in
that 30 min Yoga session. In the informational message to walkers, Smt Madhavi Donepudi, Chair person of VT Seva Boston Branch emphasized the VTSeva’s mission as it is to Educate
and empower Visually Disabled students, and “Leave no Trace behind” message to keep our environment clean. Soon after a photo session, all adults and children about 70 walkers start
walking in groups following the marked walk/hike trail. The fall has just begun in Boston area and thus the trails were colorful, the sun was shining but the shade of the trees kept walkers cool yet
the hearts were pumping hard with the ups and downs of the trails. All in all it was a successful
event with a healthy message.
All the young walkers reached starting point in about an hour and start playing foot ball as others arrived at their own pace. Baked goods, Water Melon, other snack items and water were served
to the walkers as they arrived back to the Pavilion after completing the walk. The youth volunteers helped in cleaning and winding up the camp area. It is certainly one another very successful program organized by VT Seva, Boston.
Annual 5K walk was organized at Hopkinton State Park at the Split
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March 30th 2013
Dance for a cure
Dance for a Cure is an idea conceived by VT Seva Boston branch director Ms. Madhavi Donepudi in memory of Seshu MV Kandukuri, one of the early youth volunteers of VT Seva, who lost his physical battle to cancer at a very early age. The Dance for a Cure is a cultural program that emphasized all life is beautiful and it is in our hands to keep it that way. When this idea was shared with VT Seva CEO HH Sri Chinna Jeeyar Swamiji, he replied “Let us try always with all our energies to identify good volunteers, motivate and involve them for making our society a better place free from such deadly diseases like Cancer.”
Contrary to a commonly held belief that Cancer cannot be prevented, American Cancer Society estimates that more than half of all cancer cases and deaths are potentially preventable. As the saying goes an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure, it all starts with increasing awareness. On Saturday, March 30th at Ashland High School, Madhavi kicked off the event by talking to the audience about the importance of increasing cancer awareness and paying tribute to Seshu Kandukuri. The event began with the singing of Indian national Anthem by Mrs. Hymavathi Hosur and US National Anthem by Sam Kakullavarapu and Sana Sheik. The emcees of the event, Ms. Mansee Sangini (reigning Miss India New England 2013) and Ms. Sam Kakullavarapu (Miss Teen New England Runnerup), peppered the audience with facts about cancer and busted some myths.
VT Seva President, Dr. Purnachander Rao honored the participants and the volunteers for their dedication to service. He explained to the audience the vision and activities of VT Seva and how its volunteers have become agents of change in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh and also around the world. Quoting the words of Gandhiji - “We must become the change we want to see”, VTSeva Boston chapter Treasurer, Mr. Praveen Goli, thanked the efforts of all the performers, volunteers and donors who took a step forward to make the change. He encouraged the spectators to dream hope and love with an inspiring thought - “Life ends when you stop dreaming, hope ends when you stop believing and love ends when you stop caring” In the spirit of the evening, VT Seva encouraged the spectators to register in a bone marrow drive organized by “Match Ravi” team to find a match for Ravi Luckoor who was diagnosed with a rare form of blood cancer. We wish Match Ravi team the best. Encouraging individuals to become proactive, Dr. Sailaja Reddy spoke about the benefits of fermentation and healthy food habits. She also demonstrated how to prepare Saurkraut and sample beet kvass, a natural probiotic drink.
Ms. Bhavana Chalupadi and Ms. Ramya Raghupathy presented Pushpanjali (Offering Flowers) in Bharatanatyam style, a dance of invocation, where dancers seeks the blessing of Lord Nataraja, the Guru, and the audience. Students of Smt. Sailaja Chowdhary performed three different Kuchipudi dances - Vara Veena, Brindavana Nilaye and Koluvaithiva Ranga Sai. The binding theme was that through devotion and dedication, one can overcome all obstacles in life. Smt. Mouli Pal performed an awestruck Lyrical Odissi with grace and quite charm that comes from years of dedication to a classical dance art form. She presented the theme and meaning of the song so vividly to reach the audience of all ages. Aakirti’s Smt. Urmi Samandar and her students, Nusrat Sultana and Sessi Adepalli from NY performed soul awakening Devi stuti (prayer to the goddess of strength), an energetic rendition of rhythmic intricacy using complexities in footwork, pirouettes and flowing stances in traditional Khathak style. Keeping with the spirit of the event, Halkat Diwas ladies of VT Seva – choreographer Ani Purohit along with Radhika Goli, Shree Kagalkar, Preethi Chaloori enamored the spectators with a fusion of Western and Indian style dances conveying a beautiful message of hope, strength, love and cure. Students of Lexington High School increased the tempo through their rhythm and speed and enthralled the spectators with high energy Bhangra. Smt. Veena Teli’s students won the hearts of the spectators with their fusion of Gujarati folk dances called the Chaupath, with cymbals and lamps, Mandalu, With Temples, Tippani with long sticks, Garbo with tali or claps, Ghadda Dance with pots, and Dandiya with sticks. Even before any one realized, the stage was filled with 23 well-dressed young men and women. Scintillating music, amazing coordination and excellent footwork of Concept ARTists, a Boston Hip-Hop crew, kept the entire audience glued to their seats. CONcept ARTists are the winners of Boston’s first World of Dance Competition and Prelude Urban Dance Competition: East Coast 2011. It was a pleasant surprise to the spectators and a memorable performance to cherish. The performances culminated with a Tollywood dance beautifully choreographed by Telugu Dhamaka youth - Bhavana Chalupadi, Mounika Talluri, Haarika Talluri, Bhargava Parakala, Bharadwaja Parakala and Karthik Korrapaty. Their practice, commitment and energy came through on the stage and the rendition was a treat to watch.
Dedicated volunteers of New England Shiridi Sai Parivar (NESSP) caringly prepared a sumptuous healthy and tasty dinner that was served by volunteers who joined Sri Koteswar Rao Kandukuri and Murali Maqtedar. In an effort to promote healthy food, Ms. Madhavi prepared Tabouli salad and carrot halwa with honey. Several VT Seva youth volunteers - Manoj Donepudi, Anirudh Naidu, Abhijit Samudrala, Sidharth Reddivari, Uday Chilakamarri, Raga Chilakamarri and Sai Reddivari – organized a snack stall in support of the cause. Giri Pottepalem helped with digitally capturing the moments. Ram Gubbala, Ramki Reddy and Raja Chilakamarri helped the performers back stage.
The event culminated at around 10 PM with participants completely gratified and promising to do this Once More. The testimonials below reveal how the community can rally behind a good cause.
“I was amazed to see so many different dances forms all at one time … “ Neha Majeti
“We get to see Indian classical dance at times. But, having Concept Artists was very different and unique” … A guest
“Wow, VT Seva does so many activities and it has grown to be a force in the community in such a short time” … A few guests
VT Seva team looks forward to continuing this friendship and its efforts to he help the community. VT Seva will be back with other events that will touch your hearts, mind and soul.
For photos from the event, please click here
Aug 26th 2012
5K Walk for the Visually Challenged
With the motivation from the Netra Vidyalaya students excellence in both academics and extracurricular activities, Boston team organized 2nd Annual 5K Walkathon
on Aug 26th 2012 at Hopkinton State Park, MA to support the education of Visually challenged students. For pictures, please Click here
April 28th 2012
Earth Day - Cold Weather did not deter our park cleanup activity
The VT Seva Boston team of volunteers gathered at Ashland's Stone Park area bright and early by 9AM.
We quickly registered VT Seva, signed the waiver form for children, collected the T-Shirts given out by
Town of Ashland, grabbed some gloves and few big trash bags. We also mentioned the streets that'll
we'll be collecting litter from and headed out to the assigned street. The weather was a little cold in
the morning. Some kids wore layers or doubled their gloves, but that did not interrupt what they were
here to accomplish that fine day. Youth aging from 3yrs to 16yrs joined this effort of making our Earth
a beautiful and safer place to live in for all beings by removing the litter. Youth volunteers were very
enthusiastic in picking up the litter and showed a great concern. No Poison Ivy or the thorny bushes
stopped them from picking up the trash.
We would like to call out each individual youth volunteers and thank them for all their effort. They are
our future and we are very proud of them - Vikram, Dakshin, Abhijith, Arjun, Akshitha, Sravya, Laura,
Sara, Siddhu, Manoj, Haasini, Laasya, Sindhu, Swati, Anika.
We would like to appreciate Sravya Chary for motivating her friends from school to join this effort and
being a role model for all the younger VT Seva volunteers. Your efforts to spread the awareness about
VT Seva at your school and neighborhood are commendable.
We would like to personally thank all the adults, Mr. Simhalu, Mr. Murali Maqtedar family, Mr.
Raghuram Samudrala family, Mr.Suresh Donepudi family, Mr. Chandra Reddivari family, Ms. Elasri
Ganni, Ms. Aruna Bayya, Ms.Harisha, Ms.Madhu Chary for making this happen.
Panera bread generously donated some baked goods for this event. Special Thanks goes to Murali
Maqtedar for coordinating this effort.
Murali is taking a lead by signing up VT Seva team for Project Bread - Walk for Hunger on May 6th 2012.
This is a 20 mile walk and many volunteers have signed up for this walk as well. This is his 2nd year in
taking this initiative. All the funds generated would help feed the hungry in the Massachusetts area.
Murali was our official photographer for this earth day event.
Thank you one and all for your continued support.
For photos from the event, please click here
Oct 19th 2011
Boston chapter organizes "5K Walk for the Blind"
Commemorating World Sight Day, an annual day of awareness to focus global attention on blindness, visual impairment and rehabilitation, the New England chapter of VTSeva hosted a 5K Walk for the Blind on October 8th, 2011 at Hopkinton State Park in Hopkinton, MA. Through this event, we increased awareness and raised funds for the visually challenged and blind.
VTSeva volunteers gathered bright and early around 7AM on a beautiful Saturday morning to set up the tents and tables for the participants, map the trails, gather refreshments and begin the registration process.
What a great way to kick off the first 5K Walk for the Blind!! Unusual for this time of the year, the weather was warm, sunny and bright – shedding light on the volunteers and walkers in their collective efforts to help the visually challenged and blind envision the luminous future that life has in store for them.
HH Chinna Jeeyar Swamiji sowed the seed to care for the blind. Families from all over Massachusetts energetically participated in this noble endeavor. It was truly inspiring to see people, young children and adults alike, coming together to help others in need across the world. The turnout for the event was great with over 75 people present.
Sometimes words are not enough to describe the enthusiasm of the people as they walked through the thick woods enjoying the beauty of New England autumn season with its splendor of changing foliage. Everyone contemplated the words of HH describing the visually challenged “Their fingers have eyes, Their ears have vision and Their hearts have courage”.
Needless to say, everyone had such a great time that no one wanted the day to end. All were most certainly looking forward to such events in the future.
Prajna students from the New England area helped spread the word in their schools and collected donations. The efforts of these children are truly commendable. Special thanks go to our sponsors, Panera Bread, Co., Shaw’s Supermarket and Starbucks Coffee Co., for their valuable contributions of food and refreshments for the participants. Through generous donations from the participants, the walk raised over $3500. The enthusiasm and energy of the volunteers and participants not only made this event successful but also provided encouragement and motivation to the organizers to conduct such events in future.
For photos from the event, please click here
During your next visit to India, please make time to visit the schools run by VTSeva and witness for yourself all that these visually challenged children have been able to accomplish with the help of many volunteers and supporters around the globe.
Boston chapter organizes benefit show for Haiti Relief.
On March 6th 2010, VT Seva Boston organized a benefit show of the golden classic Indian movie “Maya Bazaar” to raise funds for Haiti Earth Quake Relief. More than 250 viewers assembled at the theater to support the noble cause. Youngsters turned up in good numbers.
VT Seva volunteers educated the audience about the organization and it's various service activities around the world. The audience not only enjoyed the classical movie but also very much appreciated VT Seva's response to the disaster. Generous donors, who sighted the event as a good cause, pledged their support for it.
VT Seva Boston branch director, Ms. Padma Joginpalli and the team of dedicated volunteers organized the event in a short time and executed the event successfully. We would like to thank all the Boston VT Seva volunteers for their spirit of volunteerism and VT Seva Board for their guidance and support in a timely manner.
All the proceeds will be donated to UNICEF to aid the children affected by the Haiti Earthquake.