Update from Day 19

Only 10 days to go! Today was a much better day on the bike and we got done without too much hassle.

Yesterday we had an update from Jim about the distribution of relief kits. I quote from his email:

I am typing this email in such a joy to inform you that the 3rd round of distribution of relief kits went so well. It included widows, elderly persons and very poor families living in Melavasal, Subramaniyapuram and Ambedkar Nagar. As I told you earlier they were roadside cobblers, rag pickkers, cleaners in lodges and a few other unorganized occupations. All of them lost their livelihoods because of the lockdown. We found these persons / families through a survey within the slums. Some of the elderly looked very weak and needed help to carry the relief kit. That’s why you see a tricycle carrying people and their kits. There was even a disabled person who came in his tricycle designed for disabled. They all thanked Vidiyal for this thoughtful help. The children you see in the pictures came to Vidiyal earlier but dropped out later. I took this opportunity to encourage children and young parents to send their children back to Vidiyal.

And that is why tomorrow and the next day and the next I shall be cycling and hoping that you will be moved to contribute.

Thank you

Scotland here we come!

It is quite hard to take in that tomorrow we shall be in Scotland! Not quite to Dundee yet although we will be there by Sunday.

The update from the team in Vidyal today has highlighted the work they do with children to try and stop child labour. Vidayl’s commitment to education for each child is vital in helping to ensure that Vidyal children can secure a positive future.

Today has seen a huge boost in our total, with donations arriving in the post. Thankyou.