Reported by Ruby Nanda
Bhubaneswar, Oct 4:
Like the rest of India, Odisha is celebrating the ‘Joy of Giving’ week as ‘Daan Utsav’ this week. A host of events are scheduled spread across the state to spread smile all around.
“We have planned around 70 events all over the state to celebrate ‘Daan Utsav’ week. Our volunteers will hold events in Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Puri, Sambalpur, Rourkela and Kendrapada to bring a smile among the underprivileged and the needy,” said Anurag Kumar Shukla, Daan Utsav fellow for Odisha.
This festival has already started on Gandhi Jayanti Day on Friday and will continue till October 8. Anyone can be part of this festival either by joining in the events already scheduled or creating their own event. It can be as small as giving an ice cream treat to the maid’s children or a blood donation campaign.
“One can join in the events listed on our Facebook page or create their own events and register them with us till October 8,” said Shukla, who has been selected to coordinate all events in Odisha through a pan-India exam.
“We kicked off the Daan Utsav in Odisha on Friday with 15 programmes around the state. Today, we have 7-8 programmes lined up everyday till October 8,” he added.
You can be part of this festival in Bhubaneswar and Cuttack, with ‘An Apple a Day’ launched by Aaina, an NGO. The apples gifted for the underprivileged will be collected on a daily basis in Bhubaneswar and will be given to government schools to be included in the midday meal of children.
There are other ways of experience the joy of giving too. You can be part of Bakul Foundation’s fundraising dinner on October 4. The collections will be used to build libraries around the city. Alternatively, you may offer your services as a volunteer at oral health care at Bhubaneswar and Kendrapada from Oct 2 to 5 targeting more than 1000 children. Or you may simply the good word around by availing BSNL’s free messages for Daan Utsav.
If you want to give homes to the homeless, join the campaign ‘A Night under the Stars’ to help them get a house at Rammandir 6 pm on 6th October.
People’s Cultural Centre (Pecuc) will organise a wishtree, Bastra Samman and smile programme for slum children for the whole ‘Joy of Giving’ week.
Goonj will put up booths in the Twin City Bhubaneswar and Cuttack from 2nd – 8th October, where children will be encouraged to donate 5 items: textbooks, sarees, paper used on one side, pens and pencils.
DAV Public School, Unit-8, Bhubaneswar-12 is holding a paper presentation for Bhubaneswar based Schools for 8th, 9th, 10th class students.
Rhythm of Nation (RON) is going to visit Sriharsh Mishra Sishu Vidyalaya for the deaf at Kanan Vihar Phase-1 and organise competitions like dance, painting, games and present them with special gifts and snacks.
People of Badamba are organising “Badamba Seva Mahotsava” on 8th October 2015 at Tennis Ground during Daan Utsav. They will organise health camps, blood donation camps, organ donation campaigns, distribution of free saplings, free study materials, shoes and garments for poor children. There will also be lots of fun and game for children.
There are many other events bringing smile to someone face. Come be part of this celebration of giving, add your event
Facebook page- www.facebook.com/Joyofgivingweekodisha