It was an unprecedented sight with people of all ages - excluding those under the age of 19, as per the guidelines - waiting with great enthusiasm to do their bit towards greening of this part of the Indus Valley, which is otherwise quite dry and barren. Overseeing the event were hundreds of volunteers of the Live to Love, Young Drupka Association (YDA), and Ladakh Buddhists' Association. The GWR organisation had also enlisted several enumerators and supervisors to ensure that the actual count was recorded and authenticated in time to qualify for the record.
Speaking to the huge gathering after the announcement on the successful attempt of record breaking was made, His Holiness the Gyalwang Drupka said it had been made possible with the participation of all people of Ladakh. He reiterated his commitment to work for the improvement of environment and education for the people. Also present at the occasion were the Home Minister of the Royal Government of Bhutan Minjur Dorji, the Chief Executive Commissioner of the Ladakh Autonomous Hill Council Rigzin Spalbar and several officials and guests from many countries. The entire hillside wore a festive look as the event was followed by a presentation of folk dances and songs by traditional Ladakhi artists.
Live to Love India's Head Arjun Pandey talking about the organisation's next initiative said, " Encouraged by the success of this initiative, we will continue to focus on key aspects like environment and education amongst others. In December, we are organising a Pad Yatra in Sri Lanka spanning 30 days and 500 km to raise awareness about the environment. "
About Live to LoveLive to Love is an international network of non-profit organizations, founded by His Holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa to create and to support lasting solutions to modern problems. The organization focuses of environment, education, medical services and cultural preservation.