Panaji: A simple act of kindness can bring joy to someone in the unlikeliest of ways. In an attempt to reach out to street dwellers, labourers and the underprivileged, Goa Daan Utsav will feature a series of activities aimed at spreading the joy of giving.
A host of corporates and organizations will join hands to organize this philanthropy festival on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti, on October 2. The two-day event will feature awareness programmes, fun activities and fund-raising events for underprivileged children, and senior citizens in aged homes of Goa.
“Through this initiative, we understand what their needs are. It’s not just about donating things, it’s also about being there for them,” said member of the festival’s steering committee, Lushan Fernandes.
A picnic for the aged, feeding underprivileged children, providing utilities, a blood donation camp, beach-cleaning, jumble sale, awareness workshops among other events are on the cards.
The organizers will collaborate with NGOs like STARS and SCAN Goa to execute all activities. Corporate bodies such as Snip Salon and Spa and Daffodils will provide haircuts to children from orphanages, Vivanta by Taj will treat construction labourers and street families with sandwiches, AJ Super Market will have a collection box where customers can donate food/utilities, etc.
For those who may not be able to step out and contribute, the Magsons Group allows them to donate through their smartphones. “People can download the Aaram shop app, our delivery partners, and donate what they like from the list of products,” said Akshay Naik of the Magsons Group.
Educational institutes like Rosary High School and Dempo College of Commerce and Economics, will also hold workshops on health and nutrition.
“This event is not just about tangible but also intangible aspects, like empathy and compassion, that we can give to people,” said Felicio Fernandes, a volunteer.
News Source: TOI