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World Rivers Day 2023 observed with ‘LIFE TO RIVERS RALLY’ in Shillong

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Shillong, Sep 24: World Rivers Day 2023 was observed in the city on Sunday with the ‘Life to Rivers Rally’.

Around 200+ participants took a march in the city with placards to create mass awareness about saving streams and rivers.

More than 100 NCC Cadets, officials, students, representatives from several government departments, nearby residents, and members of Rotary clubs took part in the rally.

World Rivers Day 2023 observed with ‘LIFE TO RIVERS RALLY’ in Shillong

The awareness rally started at around 11 a.m. from Laitumkhrah police point and concluded at NCC Headquarters, Rhino.

The rally was flagged off by Chief Guest, S. C. Sadhu, Secretary, Water Resources Department, Government of Meghalaya, and Guest-of-Honour, Col. Chetan Dhiman, NCC, Shillong, in the presence of Rtn Vivek Kumar, District Chair, Protecting the Environment, RI District 3240, Abhijit Sharma, Mission Director, YesEarth Youth Corps, and Rtn Vishal.

World Rivers Day 2023 observed with ‘LIFE TO RIVERS RALLY’ in Shillong

Amarnani, President, Rotary Club of Shillong Heritage; Rtn. (Dr.) Vincent T. Darlong, Chair-Environment, Rotary Club of Orchid City Shillong; members from Rotary Clubs; and representatives from Shillong Municipal Board.

Speaking at the event, the chief guest, Shri S. C. Sandhu, said, “We need to work together to save our precious rivers, Speaking appealed to everyone not to dump garbage in streams”.

Guest-of-honour, Col. Chetan Dhiman, spoke in his address about the role of youths in protecting and restoring our streams and rivers.

Rtn Vivek Kumar informed the participants of the “Life to Rivers” initiative of Rotary District 3240, which aims to engage Rotary clubs and partners to raise awareness and take effective action to conserve and restore our streams and rivers in northeastern states. Through education, advocacy, and hands-on conservation efforts, the movement aims to ensure that rivers continue to thrive and provide for future generations.

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He mentioned that, ‘keeping our streams and rivers clean and healthy is a collective responsibility and we all must come together and work at grassroot level to secure life-supporting streams and rivers’.

Abhijit Sharma stressed on organising regular activities to save rivers and informed about different initiatives of YesEarth Corps to save the environment.

Rtn (Dr.) Vincent T Darlong mentioned that, ‘individual’s actions can make huge difference and appealed everyone to express gratitude to environment, not only in words, but also through actions’.

It must be noted that ‘Life to Rivers Rally’ was organised by Rotary Club Orchid City Shillong and Rotary Club Shillong Heritage in-association with YesEarth Corps (Shillong), 2 MEGH BN NCC, Shillong.

World Rivers Day 2023 observed with ‘LIFE TO RIVERS RALLY’ in Shillong

The initiative is supported by, Environmental Sustainability Rotary Action Group (ESRAG SouthAsia) and Adopt-a-River: UN Environment Programme & Rotary International.

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