By Roshni Banerjee
As October approaches, students, volunteers, various organisations and companies come together yet again in preparation of the Joy of Giving week. Running successfully for a fifth consecutive year and hailed as India’s largest philanthropic event, the Joy of Giving Week (JGW) has witnessed the participation of over 2 million contributors and volunteers from all walks of life in more than 80 cities in the country.
Launched in 2009, the basic principle of this nationwide event is to bring people together and participate in this celebration of ‘giving’. Contributions can range from money, material, basic amenities, skills or just a little bit of our time.
Media personnel, celebrities and major companies have held a variety of workshops, carnivals, concerts and fund raisers while the proceedings of these events have contributed considerably to the betterment of the poor and needy.
One such NGO that has been gearing up for JGW is the Rotaract Club of Hyderabad East (RCHE). Functioning under the guardianship of the Rotary Club of Hyderbaad this youth club, consisting of individuals from ages 18-30, is one of many in the city as well as the country. Having visited various orphanages and retirement homes in the past few years, the club’s enduring association with them gives the young members the feeling of going back to an extended family of their own.
“This year we shall start the JGW with a talent show for school students at Sister Nivedita School while few of the other events lined up for this week include a museum visit and a cricket match for the kids at the orphanages, a cleanup drive in Bowenpally along with blanket distribution at the streets in Paradise” says Mandakini Rao, Secretary of RCHE. The members are divided into groups according to the days of the week and in terms of responsibilities of the events they organise and conduct.
The Joy of Giving Week isn’t only about donating lakhs of money or great bundles of old clothes. Even the smallest act of kindness, singing old songs at retirement homes, preparing a personalised meal for the needy or even a game of cricket with the kids at the orphanages; it’s gestures like these that really count.