Wednesday, May 12, 2010

V is for Victory

A festival that lasts a week, is one that is of tremendous appeal to children, especially if it allows them to indulge in activities and exposes them to opportunities they may otherwise be deprived of. So it was for the students of Shiamak Davar’s Victory Arts Foundation. Shiamak and his band of committed volunteers, ensured that the JGW 09 was special for them and for those they encountered during the course of the week. The VAF ensured that the week had something for everyone: animal lovers, health and dance enthusiasts, those who like children, those who love partying.

This was seen in the varied activities the VAF came up with , from a dance display by children with special needs in Bangalore, to a dental camp in Mumbai, a visit to an animal shelter in Delhi, walking the strays , fund raising at the Chartered management Institute to sponsor education of the needy by teaching its employees to dance, a game of Housie in Pune, where winners were taught dance movements when they won a prize, and of course a performance by VAF Yuva students at JoyFest in Ahmedabad . With such variety, both Shiamak Davar and his students must have had some of the most joyous moments of their lives. Is it any wonder then that they call it “The best thing that’s happened this year” , and now that the giving has started, they would like it to continue.

And continue they will every year as they give freely of themselves during the Joy of Giving Week.

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