The date for TCS W 10k is fast approaching. In our own little and big ways, we are trying our level best to raise money for a cause.
At this juncture, we believe this is a story worth sharing. In fact, it is not a story but an experience to cherish. Merlin – one of our team members – It is her story.
One day she was waiting for an auto-rickshaw to go home. She says she always prefer autos which are painted in green purely because they are comfortable. But on that day, she got a rickety one – all tattered. It was then, she received a call from one of her friends in Mumbai. She wants to know about Girls’ Glory and TCS W 10k. Merlin was explaining to her in Hindi.
After a few minutes, she got down in front of her house, paid the man the auto – fare and was about to go to her house when the auto-driver beckoned her. He was about 70.
To her surprise, he held out his hand with a fistful of money. It comprised mainly of coins. It would hardly come around ₹ 200.
He told her “This is all I have. People do not prefer my rickety auto. Hence, I could hardly earn ₹200 a day. I have heard you speaking about something where you need money for girls’ education. I have eight daughters and one son. I cannot send my daughters to school because I could not afford it. If this money could be of any help to support a child’s education, I will be gratified,”
Merlin says she was stumped and overwhelmed by the old man’s generosity and tears were rolling down her cheeks. “That’s hard-earned money that came with a lot of blessing. I decided to keep the money handed over by him as my treasured possession. Of course, I will give the equal amount from my money. But this one is mine.” She says with tears in her eyes when she recalled it.
“I asked his name. But he was not even ready to disclose his name,” she adds.
Her experience tells the truth. To give you need a big heart – A KIND HEART THAT EXPECTS NOTHING.
Best of Luck for each and every one who are out there to raise money for a cause.