“For every two tickets sold, the cost of the adoption of one stray can be covered,” says Ruchi Nadkarni, who started the NGO, World For All, with Taronish Bulsara in 2009. The NGO has been working towards getting strays adopted and in the last three years they have provided homes to over 2,500 strays. With a view of promoting this message and generating funds for vaccination, care, food and grooming for a stray before it can get adopted, the NGO has organised a concert titled Stray at Heart at BlueFrog tonight.
From Dubstep to Reggae, the three bands performing will make sure the audience has a blast. “There will be live acts and none of the artists have charged a penny to be part of this event,” says Tara Humphries, who is part of BREED and will be playing the keyboard at the event. Apart from BREED, Reggae Rajahs and South African artist Indidginus, who specialises in Dubstep, Dub, Dancehall and Global Bass music, will also be performing at the gig. Reggae Rajahs has come down from Delhi only to be part of this event. “We are doing this only for the NGO and the cause. On a personal level I have been part of such a cause before, but this is the first time we are doing it as a band,” says Zorawer Shukla, who is part of Reggae Rajahs.
World For All encourages Indian breed adoption and on an average they get about two adoptions done in a day, informs 24-year-old Nadkarni. As soon as a stray is picked up, it is taken to a vet and is vaccinated. It is groomed and then placed in one of the 56 registered volunteer families in the city till it gets adopted. “When a stray starts living in a family, it gets individual attention. The animal also starts getting used to living with a family,” Nadkarni adds.
This is the first gig that has been organised on such a large scale, and Nadkarni hopes the response is encouraging. She also hopes to get a large crowd and raise as much money as possible. So, go ahead and support the canine cause.