The Saturday morning of 30th March started early for most Deerwalkers as it was the day for Annual Picnic 2013 organized in Kakani. Everyone had already gathered at the venue by 10AM and after a quick breakfast there was just enough time to explore the area before the games began. The picnic spot and the grounds lay on a thickly forested area owned by Nepal Scouts and one could make out a mountain bike trail that led to Shivapuri National Park and beyond. The picnic also provided an opportunity for the employees to interact with the President of Deerwalk, Jeff Gasser, who had just flown in the day before.
For Deerwalk Cause 2012 Q4, Deerwalk donated books and book-shelves to Sandhya Library which is a public library near Deerwalk complex in Sifal, Kathmandu. The library was established in 2044 BS (1987 AD) by local people and has since then been sustaining itself with the help of a local youth club and donations from supporters. The name ‘Sandhya’ means ‘Evening’ and, as the name suggests, the library opens only during the evenings since most people are away for work during the day.
On Saturday, 1st Dec 2012, fourteen Deerwalk employees and I went to Pokhara to attend Bikram dai’s wedding reception. We were supposed to leave Deerwalk office at 6:30 am. However, some of us had our clocks set to “Nepali time” and therefore had to leave at 7:00 am. The prospect of attending Bikram dai’s wedding and being in Pokhara excited us all. When we crossed Thankot and the road started winding around the hills, I felt a sense of freedom away from the polluted Kathmandu city. Ram dai took us to Naubise where we stopped for breakfast of “masu-chiura”. We continued on the winding road and stopped at Damauli for lunch. We got to the famous lake side of Pokhara to find a hotel and freshen up before going to Bikram dai’s wedding reception at Lekhnath.
A day full of excitement, 9th of November, 2012…..in anticipation of fun, and apprehensions of the organizers/performers in place; Deerwalk’s Annual Festival was held at Hotel Shahanshah in the presence of our Chairman Rudra Pandey and our President Jeff Gasser accompanied by his wife Pamela.
Being a new member to this esteemed institution, as well as participating in such a program organized by Deerwalk for the very first time, I was very excited. There were all together 28 participants in this program. Many of us were on Deerwalk premises by 7:30 am while others were on their way. By 8 am all of us were present. We had a quick breakfast before we began our campaign. Our campaign coordinator, Bhoj Raj Ghimire, instructed us to get divided into groups for more effective performance. This time we were going to clean Deerwalk surrounding, Tameshwor Mahadev temple and Jayabhagashwori temple.
Deerwalk Cause for 2012 Q2 was dedicated to Neighborhood Cleanliness Campaign in the vicinity of Deerwalk complex at Sifal, Kathmandu. The campaign culminated in a voluntary cleaning/painting event on Saturday, June 16, 2012. A total of 34 volunteers from Deerwalk Services and Deerwalk Institute of Technology participated in the event.
The date was “11-11-11” and it became significant because of one more reason. It was the day we celebrated very first Deerwalk Annual Festival “Fallwalk”. After Ashay kick started the show, our Executive Chairman Rudra Pandey gave his presentation to all employees of Deerwalk to let everyone know where we stand right now and where we are heading in coming days. He believes success should always be measured by number. It was the day we celebrated very first Deerwalk Annual Festival “Fallwalk”.