Tribal Health Initiative – THI – improves the quality of life of the tribal community living in Sittilingi Valley in Dharmapuri District, Tamil Nadu. Team THI participated in the TCS 10k 2017 run to raise funds to build up our ‘Emergency Health Fund.’
You may or may not(!) be aware that we have had remarkable success over the years since we started in 1993… child mortality has reduced year on year – we estimate our health services have so far saved the lives of 25,000 children and 5,000 mothers.
In 2016 we were very pleased to participate in the TCS W10k and raised Rs 15 lakh (US$ 22,000). This year THI had a staff team of four, who ran in the TCS World 10k – Dr Ravi, Dr Rodney, Senthil and Sakthivel on 21 May for our HEALTH programme. They really did run with a spring in their step because of the support that has come in for our ‘Emergency Health Fund’ for which we had a target of Rs 20 lakh (US$30,000)
Dr Ravi – Medical Superintendent and fundraiser(!) tells us of his experience:
‘‘We loved the event. It was well organised. The whole event was a great opportunity to meet like-minded people who are working for so many other causes. This is the 2nd time that we have participated; we are eager to participate in the coming years as this big platform helps us present our cause.’’
The event is an important platform for us to raise funds. To be honest asking for donations takes us all out of our comfort zone – we are doctors by day! However the event, because it so well organised, gives us the confidence to ask; and having a target and a deadline is also a great help.
We really are very grateful for the support and encouragement provided by our families and so many friends.
Dr Regi concludes:
You will be interested to hear that from our well-wishers and friends in India we have raised Rs 15.40 lakh; the balance has come in from the UK and the US; altogether 160 people have supported us – wonderful.
For those of you who did contribute, we hope you have received our formal… ‘Thanks’ and receipt. If not please do contact us.
For all who read this, thank you for being our ‘Friend of Sittilingi’…
… helping tribals heal themselves.
Team – THI