New Action Center of the Year
CRY Philadelphia is a new Action Center that was founded in 2010 inspired by the CRY Founder Rippan Kapur's words, "What I can do I must do". We are determined to support Childs Rights in every way possible.
We began our journey with a small booth at the Indian Independence Day Celebrations on 15th Aug 2010 at Penn's Landing, Philadelphia. It was our first event in the city of brotherly love, and true to its name, CRY received lots of love and a few core volunteers. This helped us plan our next event the national CRY Walk. The Inaugural CRY Philadelphia Walk was at America's First Zoo - The Philadelphia Zoo. On a beautiful autumn day 18th of Sept 2010, participants arrived at the Inaugural Walk to express their commitment to the cause of Child Rights. Before the start of the walk, all participants received free CRY T-shirts. The non-competitive 2.5KM Walk was led by seasoned Marathon winner in the Philadelphia circuit, Ms. Daria Petraglia. Post the walk, delicious samosas and kheer waited for our enthusiastic walkers. The delicious food was sponsored generously by our friends at Cafe Spice. Harpreet, the henna artist gave us a glimpse of the intricate traditional Indian patterns on many of our participant's hands. Another special highlight of the event were the Peacocks at the Peacock Pavilion who shared our excitement and walked alongside!
A small team of dedicated volunteers are at the core of CRY Philadelphia. There were instrumental to the success of our first CRY Walk. The Core Team members are Aakanksha Desai, Sanjay Lala, Dr. Cuckoo Chaudhary and Reema Patel.
The stories of hope and survival from the most underprivileged children inspire us to commit ourselves wholeheartedly to do what we should. For 2011, we plan to host multiple events and embed the cause CRY America into the consciousness of the Indian Philadelphian.
2011 starts with the CRY Karaoke Mixer event to be held on the 6th of March 2011 at the Premiere Lounge of Palace at the Ben, Center City Philadelphia. We have invited everyone to come and bring out their inner Shreya Ghosal, Sonu Nigam or Kishore Kumar or Asha Bhonsle!
We are seeing more interest among students at local universities who want to intern with CRY Philadelphia. To align their aspirations with the Chapter's needs, we have created a Sponsorship Mentor Program. This program will focus on a systematic approach to getting sponsors for upcoming CRY Philadelphia Events. Sanjay Lala has taken on this critical role as a Mentor. Two students from Temple University have recently enrolled in this program.