Volunteers innovate to spread joy of giving
Manipal:04. Volunteer Services Organization has introduced variety and excitement to create mass awareness about DaanUtsav this time round, and the response has been very encouraging. The volunteers have worked hard to innovate and each year, this being the fourth, there is a discernible difference in the number of people taking part in the joy of giving.
The Mangaluru branch of the VSO is also participating in the DaanUtsav week started with the ‘Rice bucket Challenge’, where students were encouraged to donate a fistful of rice to the hostel kitchens. The collected rice is to be given to the underprivileged. The Department of Forensic Medicine, KMC Mangaluru hosted school kids as a part of ‘GyaanDaanSaptah’. Well! The specimen in the museum and the apparatuses in labs were exciting to the children.
In Manipal, the ‘Meal for a Smile’ was organized for nearly 250 people who were served lunch at KMC Greens by School of Information Sciences and International Center for Applied Sciences. A group ofvolunteers shared joy and love with inmates of an old age home. The inmates were told about DaanUtsav. A visit to the pediatric ward of Kasturba Hospital, in Manipal made the kids go gaga as they were given sketching kits and smiley balls.
The Photography Club, Manipal celebrated DaanUtsav in a unique way through a project called ‘Yaadein’ in which the student photographers visited various slums in and around Manipal, clicking photos of families and giving them the hard copy to preserve for posterity.
This year for DaanUtsav, ‘Rangat’, comprising several cultural events has been introduced. It will be held every day in the evening as part of the celebrations. The attraction on the first day was the blindfold drummer, Balram, an intern from Manipal College of Dental Sciences, Manipal. He played on the drums for five minutes. There were group songs too. “Plant a Thought” was another innovation where the volunteers asked the guests to write what “giving” meant to them. On Monday, a 3-D drawing of the DaanUtsav logo was also drawn in the lobby of the Interact building.