The ASHA Gala held about a fortnight ago was an uplifting success - and we’re not talking about the funds part.
The wheels got moving early this year. By March our ranks were shored up by volunteers, young and not-so-young, all on the go. In a bit, support had been garnered for the cause. Extraordinary contributions poured in for our Auctions. Some known pillars of ASHA society pledged to lend a hand, again. We were assured of the dinner and told it would be outstanding.
Serendipitously, without forethought or deliberation, the Gala had been positioned to take place in ‘Immigrant Heritage Month’, that is June. On the 10th of this month, our heritage of being able to ‘mix, change, transcend, recreate, and work hard for a better day’ was absolutely on display!
Our powerful keynote speaker, activist Kavita Ramdas, took this forward with a passionate appeal. We, as a collective, need to stand up for justice for everyone, particularly women who are abused but bound by tradition and too afraid to speak out. We need to position ourselves as their active ally and help empower them!
Kavita Ramdas also talks about negotiating change through tradition, so it becomes fundamental and rooted in society. This very tradition, of community coming together in times of need, is helping us right many wrongs. Funds raised through the Gala will be used to stabilize the lives of traumatized survivors and their deeply affected children.
Thank you, for caring for your people.
Together, we rock.