If you can afford Rs. 100 for a child, it may end up giving her a once in a lifetime opportunity and happiness. As part of the joy of giving festival, Daan Utsav and non-profit organisation Bhumi have joined hands with Chennai Metro Rail wherein people can contribute Rs. 100 to sponsor a free ride for a child from Koyambedu to Alandur.
Sharada Krishnamurthy of Daan Utsav says, “A ride by the Chennai Metro Rail may not mean much to people like us. These are things we take for granted. In fact, many of us have gone just to take a selfie. But thousands of children from orphanages who would love to travel in it certainly cannot afford it. So, we planned this trip as part of the joy of giving festival.”
They plan to take about 1,000 children from various orphanages across the city for which Rs. 1 lakh has to be raised.
The rides will begin for children from October 2 when the festival starts and go on till December till they complete all the rides. Aarthi Madhusudhan of Daan Utsav says Rs. 100 is required as a ride from Koyambedu to Alandur and return will cost Rs. 80; another Rs. 40 for their travel to the station and back. “Apart from this, we have several other events planned as part of Daan Utsav which will be held from 2-8 October in various places,” she adds.
Officials of Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL) say, they even have plans to give space in their stations to promote this campaign. “We want this campaign to benefit as many children as possible,” an official says. Watch below video.
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News Source: The Hindu