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Chennai Trekking Club: Young guns at giving

A self-sustaining group that holds tree plantation and clean-up drives, and organizes social treks for underprivileged children

Peter Van Geit, a project manager at networking equipment maker Cisco Systems, Inc., originally from Belgium, has been living in Chennai for the past 17 years. In 2008, he set up the Chennai Trekking Club (CTC) to blog about trekking in and around the city. CTC now has about 26,000 members, including information technology personnel, police officers and students, 50 of whom work as organizers with Van Geit to plan the treks. The club is a self-sustaining group with participants splitting the cost of each trek equally. According to Prabakar Meyyappan, one of the organizers, in 2009, the club started organizing short “social treks" for underprivileged children from shelter homes like The Hope Foundation and Shriram Social Welfare Trust.

The club also holds tree plantation and clean-up drives regularly. On multiple occasions, volunteers have taken it upon themselves to clean up the 15km stretch between Marina and Injambakkam beach. Last month, as part of their tree plantation drive, they planted saplings, provided by the Tamil Nadu forest department, in south Chennai. The forest department also advises them on how and where to plant them.

For details, call 9840130565/9600004509. To register as a volunteer, visit Chennaitrekkers.org.

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