April's trek was a short one. At the end of it, it was not a trek but a gentle walk. Still, I enjoy the whole preparation of packing a bag, getting up early, reaching the destination on time and walking ...
Muskaan, an NGO from Goa, conducted this trek in collaboration with Eco Treks, a non-profit by trekking enthusiasts, Goa. All treks are special, but this one was even more so because it was for a cause; to bring awareness of breast cancer and its cures, to encourage the patients to fight it like warriors, and to show that they can lead a full life. It was in aid of supporting and encouraging the Breast cancer survivors to lead a healthy and fit life. At least that is what I gathered from the event. I am glad I took part in it.
There were about 25 of breast cancer survivors and 30 from Eco Treks, a few from the press and some friends. So it was a small group.
We all met at the light house / Fort Aguada. It was 6.20 am in the morning. An faint morning sun and cool breeze welcomed us.
After a short walk along the fort wall, and around the light house, we went past an open tree shaded ground and then on to the edge of the plateau. The views from here are spectacular. There is water (Arabian Sea) on three sides. We could see the fishing boats in the early morning light, the waves crashing against the rocks and the eagles circling the boats.
After enjoying the walk and the views, we headed back to the tree shaded ground where Muskaan Foundation organised a small felicitation function. There were short speeches, medal distribution ceremony to all the survivors of breast cancer by Muskaan. On its part, Eco Treks gave away coffee mugs with a message and art work by Alexis, to all the survivors. Muskaan distributed black T shirts to all the Eco Trek members for their support.
Everyone got packed breakfast (sandwich, veg patty, and a cup cake) and water. After that hearty breakfast, we dispersed.
I got to see Fort Aguada from outside (now I know where it is) and the light house.
Some photographs from the event are attached below.