Several thousand pounds of potatoes and vegetables plus
thousands of pounds of dahl and grains and over a thousand
pounds of flour for puris were transported by truck from
Denver and then carried by hand cart to our festival kitchen
site. Al (Las Vegas), Dan, Jane, Krishna Sundar Prabhu, Jaya
Gadadhar Prabhu, and Suddha Krishna Prabhu executed much of these arrangements,
labouring long days into the night, well past the 10 p.m.
sunset. Damien, a regular service participant of the Golden
Road Centre, downtown Santa Cruz, was amongst the hardest
of workers and was the unchallenged winner of the “rookie
of the year” award. Madhura Priya, Krishnendrani,
and Sita Didis helped with all aspects of the programme,
while focusing on organising and working with the several
hundreds of volunteers who helped with vegetable cut-ups,
puri rolling, pot-washing and camp clean-up.