Just to see what was in those 13 bundles sent half-way 'round the world, the Domkhar kids along with Adam from the Hockey Foundation opened the godown.
105 right handed sticks! Some of them brand new. This is more than the Domkhar Winter Camp kids have seen in a total of 8 years playing hockey.
There's leftie sticks, goalie sticks, pads and the best find of all - a goalie mask. They didn't even know what one looked like. Tsewang Namgyal writes it all down (great English practice) and Urgen helps him add it up. They'll go "home" tonight (to their guest accommodations at SECMOL - a local charity) and tell all the kids what they have to look forward to.
Until the Canadian High Commission players arrive on 15 January, Adam will keep this valuable stash under lock and key. Some of his National Team players will borrow bits and pieces, then put it safely back. And on the 16th, with the Canadians helping out, the "stash" will be divided among 3 remote village groups who want to use hockey as a leadership tool.
On a personal note, as I was filming the kids' glee, I didn't note that the camera's focus had been switched to close up. Once home I kicked myself. "Stupid! A unique moment in time and you blew it!" My inner demons did exactly what I know remote village kids do to them. Destroy self-esteem and confidence for what is actually a human mistake.
How can I lead? Tell the kids how sorry I am to have made a mistake and learn from it. That's what leadership is all about. And honest human leaders who own up to mistakes and move on are in short supply these days.
So here's the link to my out-of-focus movie of the kids getting their first glimpse of a treasure-trove.