Open your heart, Daan Ut­sav is here

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times City - TIMES NEWS NET­WORK

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.

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