On Thursday night (12th November), the seventh edition of The Kitchen CAN event took place at 6:30 pm at the Crowne Plaza, Kochi. Aside from an interesting mix of speakers from big business and startups belonging to diverse fields, there was another twist to this event: the grand finale was the launch of the video of ‘Thanks Bhai’, a community campaign by the people of Kochi.
A large number of migrant workers (fondly-referred to as ‘bhais’) have been actively involved in the construction of the Kochi Metro. ‘Thanks Bhai’ began as a community project which aims to express the citizens’ gratitude to Kochi’s often unacknowledged ‘bhais’ for their hard work. Supported by Asten Realtors and powered by Autotree, ‘Thanks Bhai’ is a crowd-funded campaign to raise money for sweets, and to collect personalized messages of gratitude from the citizens for the workers for Diwali.
The campaign began at the Kaloor Metro yard. The event, which started at 9:30, was inaugurated by Shri. Hibi Eden, MLA. Sweets along with handwritten messages by the people to the workers were distributed. “Migrants of the city – the ‘bhais’, are among the most hardworking people, but are sadly, the least acknowledged section of Kerala’s population,” says Hibi Eden MLA. “Many of them leave their families behind and move to Kerala to work selflessly for projects like The Kochi Metro. This noble initiative which expresses gratitude to these unsung heroes is quite laudable.” The sweet distribution started from Kaloor metro yard and went to Kacheripady, M G Road, Elamkulam, Palarivattom, Muttom Depot, CUSAT, Kalamaserry and Aluva, and concluded at FACT casting yard. It covered a total of 3000 Metro workers at 16 stations.