Aspiring to be the youngest ever Dream Champion, 15 year old Meera extends her love and care for the underprivileged
A child’s love is said to be the purest form of love. There is a lot to learn from them. So when the shy and excited five-year old Meera experienced her first joy in giving, her life was to be changed forever. While visiting a small rural village, young Meera was asked by her Guru, Pujya Gurudevshri Rakeshbhai, to say ‘Thank You’ to the less privileged children she was offering her goodies to. At first, Meera did not understand why must she say Thank You. Meera’s confusion soon turned into a moment of insight, when her Guru explained that the reason for thanking them was because they were giving her an opportunity to serve them. That’s when it struck the five year-old, ‘You are a lot happier giving something than receiving’. One of the principles on which Shrimad Rajchandra Love and Care (SRLC) is based is similar. It says that as we add meaning to the lives of others, in the process, they end up adding meaning to ours. SRLC is a 10 care programme that focuses on transforming the lives of the less privileged. This programme allowed Meera to explore the condition and lives of people living in rural India. Moved by the disparity she saw and inspired by her Guru, she set forth to make a difference. At the tender age of 13, Meera set a benchmark and record by raising Rs 1 lakh for Shrimad Rajchandra Love and Care in Mumbai’s 2012 Marathon. However, the way this ‘Dream Teamer’ collected these funds is of more meaning. Meera selflessly asked her friends to donate money instead of giving her gifts on her first teenage birthday party. Meera continued her fund-raising for the Marathon and her dedication yielded rewards when in 2013, she raised Rs. 5 Lakh! However, the story of Meera does not end here. Through her journey, Meera’s bond with a girl from rural Gujarat, Sonali stands tall. Sonali, a girl originally enrolled in the organisation’s school - Shrimad Rajchandra Gurukul in Dharampur, was touched by Meera’s genuineness. Today, Sonali is studying medicine in an institute in Karnataka. Deeply motivated by the organisation’s and Meera’s support and kindness shown to her, Sonali feels inspired to give back to society as her way of simply saying ‘Thank You’. Meera, the bubbly 15 year old has set her target for Rs. 10 Lakh in donation for this year’s Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon. Her friends from U.S – Trishna and Hetvi are also extending their support to her. Thus, Meera is testament to Shrimad Rajchandra Love and Care’s theme this year at the SCMM ‘Extending Love and Care’. It’s noteworthy that several such children and youngsters volunteer for this organisation. With such values in action, the world surely looks brighter!