On 17 December, staff of the Walt Disney Company (India) celebrated Disney’s anniversary by volunteering for a cause. Staff from Disney’s Chennai and Mumbai offices joined hands with Exnora Green Pammal and 11th-grade students from Sri Sankara Vidyalaya Matriculation Higher Secondary School to spruce up a playground at the Suriamman Temple in Pammal.
Disney has made conserving the environment a cornerstone of the company’s outreach efforts. In the summer of 2009, Disney launched Friends for Change: Project Green in the US, an initiative encouraging kids to protect the planet across four key areas: climate, water, waste and habitats. Through Friends for Change: Project Green, Disney donated $1 million to conservation projects in 15 countries. In 2011, Disney will launch Friends for Change: Project Green in India.
Curious by passers paused and watched as seven Disney staff, twelve students, Engineers Without Borders Volunteer, Rosie Sanderson, and EGP’s crew sanded and painted playground equipment, and removed trash and vegetation. Despite the hard work, everyone was surprised by how much they enjoyed the event.
Afterward, our friends from Disney visited EGP’s biogas plant for a tour and explanation of the facility that generates electricity from kitchen waste.
We are extremely grateful to the students from Sri Sankara Vidyalaya School and Disney (India) for working with us on this great project. Special thanks to Charlie Sanderson, brother of Engineers Without Borders (Australia) Volunteer, Rosie Sanderson. Charlie is visiting Rosie, and he cheerfully joined us for the work.