Open your heart, Daan Utsav is here
New Delhi: Aweek of giving back to society began on Gandhi Jayanti, with celebrities and schoolkids, CEOs and auto drivers, homemakers and organisations, even a shopping mall in south Delhi, donating their time, money, resources or skills to raise money for and awareness about people in need.
In its 11th year now, Daan Utsav inspired DLF Emporio to become the first shopping mall to observe the event. To raise funds for three NGOs working with the poor and disabled, the mall sold clothes on Wednesday from the exclusive collections of designers such as Manish Malhotra and Raghavendra Rathore, their prices slashed by half to incentivise the donations.
Indian Oil is also participating in the October 2-8 Daan Utsav by hosting stalls belonging to NGOs working on causes like education, health, women’s issues, poor shelters, etc, at over 50 petrol pumps in the city. The stalls aim to create awareness among people tended by more than 500 children in Tughlaqabad. Organiser Megha taught them about good and bad physical touches.
In Noida, the Jal Vayu Vihar Laughter Club felicitated 100 children from NGO-run schools. Ashok Sawhney, founder of the Laughter Club, said the festival of giving would be extended to other neighbourhood schools during the week in partnership with NGO Goonj. On Wednesday, the schoolchildren participated in a laughter session followed by a simple breakfast.
Goonj, which is involved in relief and rehabilitation work held an awareness session about the states currently hit by floods, and the club will collect relief material during Daan Utsav for the affected people from the households in Jalvayu Vihar.
The laughter club members will also visit Sai School in Sector 21, Sai Pragati Kendra in Sector 40, Government Primary & Junior High School in Sector 31, Titliyan in Sector 19, Dadda Foundation School in Sector 67, Vatsalyam Gurukul in Sector 104 and the Informal School in Sector 25.