I participated in the Lavasa Women’s drive 2011 and believe me it was an experience in itself.
The cause of the drive last year was for creating awareness about Breast Cancer and messaging it through out the drive.
Lavasa Women's Drive salutes the multiple facets of the woman – the fact that she is confident, independent, enterprising, spirited, dynamic, adventurous and has a penchant for social causes.
The Lavasa Women’s Drive, hereafter known simply as the ‘Drive’ or the ‘Event’, runs in Time/Speed/Distance (TSD) format on a non-cumulative basis, and will run in compliance with the International Sporting Code (and its appendices).
The drive was from Golibar maidan to Lavasa a distance of about 60 Kms. I did a few weekend sessions driving and at time navigating (and counting the speed breakers 27 to be precise). I drove the distance in a go in less than an hour otherwise, but on the day, the Time Distance and Speed control got me to Lavasa in 2 hours 30 minutes. The start was exuberant with the flag off being held at Golibar Maidan. In the parking lineup we saw each car which was decorated! With the most meaningful messages that I have ever seen, talking about breast cancer awareness, global warming, spreading awareness for the dignity of women and for the Save the Girl Child apart from a few floral decorations and a few protective decorations like the military outfit to the car!
All in all the stage was set with a lot of celebrities walking in to flag off the cars for the first time from Pune and everyone was so excited. Apart from all the causes, guess it is known as the only such Rally in the entire world. Last year it was a 2011 ladies coming together and share the same cause. The drive, mind you is not easy, as Lonavla too is 60 kms but it’s on the expressway! This drive is uphill with a lot of steep turns, but serene all the way.
The drive was exciting with super duper volunteers/marshals (mostly Senior members of WIA) who were at secret checkpoints along the road constantly encouraging us and exchanging a brief chat over for the moment! The road was tough towards the end past the dam but we had remembered every significant landmark.
We were just followed by paparazzi ! in the real sense and Lavasa media all throughout the drive taking quick bytes about the drive and experience from us and we had a fantastic time. On reaching we were given a traditional welcome by the organizers and had a great time interacting with so many women from Pune, since Mumbai folks had a longer drive. There were several surprises like games and dance and several NGO stalls and besides we also could get ourselves clicked at the PNG stall with the makeup which brought instant shine to our tired faces and wearing the most expensive pieces from PNG jewelers who were the Food and beverage partners.
The drive back was good again with memories filled with the preparation and the morning drive making us want to participate again.
And this year watchout for more action from BMC Pune we have Dipti Gokhale, Babita Goel, Mrinalini Wankhede, Seema Joshi and Vaishali Kasturi.
This year we are supporting the cause of Cervical Cancer. Cervical cancer is the most common cancer in Women and to know that it can be prevented.
The LWD2012 on 26th Feb will be fagged off from the VITS hotel, Pune