Bicycle: Pedaling the wheels of Sustainability
The 2013 calendar focuses on the humble cycle as a component in people’s efforts for sustainable development serving people working in the field of health, education, livelihood, women’s empowerment and environmental justice. Let us celebrate the cycle by putting ourselves in the shoes or wheels of those who use this eco-friendly and people-friendly mode of transport.
Charlotte, October 2012: The new calendars are here! And people can’t stop talking about them!
Volunteers receive AID 2013 calendars
Volunteers rush out to the parking lot upon hearing that the new AID 2013 Calendars have arrived. (Or was it to meet Donor Relations Coordinator Naga who drove through North and South Carolina, carrying calendars to chapters?) Ooohs and Aaahs filled the moonlit parking lot near the university apartment complex as volunteers turned the pages to see breathtaking and thought-provoking examples of holistic and just development and the people who pedal the wheels of sustainability.
People appreciated the efforts of the health workers, reaching interior areas on bicycle, as well as the man who bartered recyclables for household goods, and the arduous uphill climb of those carrying coals, using only their own energy to bring fuel to others.
Saniya from Durham drew parallels between their struggles and those of her own parents and grandparents who paved the way for their children to reach for greater opportunities, and expressed hopes that the calendar would remind all of us to join hands with those working for better life and livelihood for all.
Other volunteers pedalled down Memory Lane as they turned the pages of 2013 AID Calendar: Pedaling the Wheels of Sustainability.
Arati from Clemson remarked, “It reminds me of my childhood, my brother and I used to cycle to school, it would take a long time and it was the only time we got to enjoy conversations with each other.”
Professor Harish Cherukuri recalled how he used to commute from Kukatpally to the central part of Hyderabad on a bicycle, even though he did not own one. “I would tell them, “Give me a lift. I will ride the bike, you sit in the back.”
As an Olympic cyclist once said, “The bicycle is a curious vehicle. Its passenger is its engine*.”
A senior Charlotte volunteer affectionately called “Dadaji” shared his own story of commuting on bicycle for 60 years of his life. Some students had themselves come to the meeting on bicycles. Some young families talked about their own plans for getting their kids a bicycle, carrying on the tradition to the next generation.
Take calendars to events, parties, local Indian stores, bookstores, cycle rallies, and spread the word about AID … pedaling towards sustainability.
*Who? Find out this and much more in the AID 2013 calendar, filled with stirring images, informative captions and inspiring quotes.