The joy of giving is something that can never be described. It can only be experienced. We come into this world with nothing and there is nothing that we can take back. All that we can do with our materialistic possessions is to make some difference to the lives of people who may not have been as fortunate. Acts of kindness are rarely forgotten. And the joy spreads faster than wildfire.
Throughout the world, the Joy of Giving week is being celebrated from Sep 27th to Oct 3rd. Coordinated by the Mumbai based NGO GiveIndia, this is one of the largest drives urging people to contribute towards spreading joy. Many role models like Azim Premji and Sachin Tendulkar are among the active participants.
Students at IIMA have organized events to spread the joy and contribute to the community. The proceeds of the events will go to Prayaas, a school for underprivileged children run by IIMA students. The events to be conducted are:
Blood donation camp: There is no bigger gift than the gift of life. Although IIMA has been a regular blood donor, coinciding with the Joy of Giving week has meant that the participation will be more enthusiastic than ever. IIMA along with the Red Cross Society has organized the blood donation camp on Oct 4th.
Campus tours: Guided tours will be conducted in the campus designed by the world renowned architect Louis Kahn. It will also give a glimpse into the life of the students and the famed academic rigor of the institute. A nominal fee of Rs 25 will be charged and the proceeds will go to Prayaas.
Clothes drive: Clothes, books, CDs or anything that might be useful for others will be collected from the residents on campus. The clothes will be contributed to the Vastra Samman Initiative and the educational resources will be donated to the Society for Promotion of Rational Thinking (SPRAT).
Dance and Cultural Night: Organized jointly by the Cultural Committee and the Dance Club, the kids from Prayaas will not only get to watch the performances but will also perform on that night.
The students, along with others participating in the joy of giving week, hope that this small effort acts as a catalyst to arouse the spirit of contribution in everyone. After all, little drops of water make a mighty ocean.
M Arun aka cheelo and Rohan aka bychung
(Inputs: Rohan Choudhary, Prof. Rakesh Basant and the Joy of Giving Team)