The Joy of Giving Week is India’s “festival of giving”! Launched in 2009, the festival is celebrated every year from 2nd to 8th October. It brings together Indians from all walks of life, to celebrate “giving”. From auto drivers to CEOs, school children to celebrities, homemakers to opinion leaders, millions of people give their time, money, resources, skills or anything else that they wish to, back to society, by creating or participating in “events” of their choice.
This is the second year since the Sahyog committee, the community services committee of SIESCOMites, took the initiative of celebrating ‘The Joy of Giving Week’ in SIESCOMS.
As a part of the ‘Joy of Giving Week’ celebrations this year, the Sahyog Committee conducted a plethora of activities for the benefit of the less privileged section of our society. They were met with a magnificent and generous response from all the fraternities at SIESCOMS.
The following are the activities that were conducted as a part of the Joy of Giving week :
Thanks Giving program: 4thoct
Sometimes, we tend to get so busy in our day-to-day lives that we fail to see the efforts of some people like security guards, sweepers and non-teaching staff. They act as the back stage crew who we do not see often on screen but they are responsible for the smooth functioning of our daily college proceedings.
On Friday, 4th October, the SAHYOG team hugged them, gave roses and appreciated their hard work by saying ‘Thank you’. The smile on their faces simply fulfilled the purpose of ‘Joy giving’.
Visit to St. Jude’s Child care Centre: 5thOct
St. Jude centre provides shelter to the families who come to Mumbai for the cancer treatment of their children. They are a home for 46 kids from different parts of India.
Activity: The kids were asked to draw anything they wanted to. The response was simply mind-blowing as the pictures literally spoke their heart out.
When we entered into the centre, we saw one kid working on his laptop. We thought he must be playing games for fun but when we went inside and spoke to him, he showed us a video he had made. We were amazed by one of his videos, which was based on tsunami, and asked him about it. This is what he said. “I had heard about animations, and also about how it operates. The software is costly and not affordable. So I made 500 pictures in MS Paint, inserted them in a MS PowerPoint document. Once the video was ready, I used Movie maker to add music”. We were awestruck after seeing his dedication and passion towards succeeding in his task. During the discussion, he told us that his dream is to get into IIT. He is from Bihar and currently is in his 9th grade. His name is ADARSH, truly an ideal for us.
Apart from this, a Tug-of-war competition for the children’s fathers and a Rangoli workshop for the mothers were organized to keep them involved in the fun. Even though they appeared shy at first, they surprised us with their sporting spirit. It was a delight to see them so happy along with their kids. While leaving we distributed ‘Frooti’ to all kids as a token of participation. With this, we experienced the real joy of giving.
Count your blessings -Wish tree Campaign: 8thoct
On 8thoct a cash collection drive was organised in association with ‘TARANG’, an NGO working as a night school. They teach poor children at night and provide them with an evening meal. The drive was very successful and many students along with faculty donated cash for the children’s evening meal.
Collection drive: 3rdOct – 9thOct
Sahyog Committee conducted a donation drive for clothes, toys, books and various other things which could be used by the less privileged section of our society. We got a magnificent and generous response for the drive from every part of the college. At the end of the drive, the collection accounted for huge boxes of clothes, books, toys, etc. for all age groups. These boxes were handed over to an NGO named “Alert India”, who in turn distributed the merchandise to deserving underprivileged & needy children in various areas of Mumbai.
Thus concluded a very successful week, which involved a lot of learning and the process of giving back to the society towards which we have a responsibility.
The Sahyog Committee extends a heartfelt gratitude to all for the overwhelming support. This has further motivated the Sahyog Committee to carry on and come up with more such socially driven causes. There is definitely a great joy in the “Joy of giving”.