Friday, October 1, 2010

Year 2, Day 6, Oct. 1st

Day 6 of the Joy of Giving Week and the week is unprecedently successful. Total collections have surpassed that of last year and are still expected to go up. With over 400 registered events and participation from all corners of the country, the JGW is well on its way to turning into a truly national festival. What better way to remember Gandhiji than to live the values he espoused.

Mumbai played host to the Treasure Trove yesterday, while Chennai had the Battle of the Buffet and the resources raised between them has been substantial.

While major corporate events do attract publicity, it is the small contributions made by individuals in their private capacity that really transforms the JGW into a festival for all. We have one such story today where Sankool Shah from Capgemini, has decided to cycle 40km to work during the JGW and donate the money saved to charity. A passionate advocate of an unpolluted environment, Sankool believes that each one of us needs to do our bit for protecting our earth.

Then we have the story of Pragya who has asked family and friends to set aside Rs10 each time they eat out and this money would then be donated. The money people like Pragya and Sankool raise may not even run into thousands, but let us not forget that the thought behind is what counts. Ultimately what will change our world are efforts like these. By considering no contribution too small or no effort as too insignificant, we are bringing about a change, a change for the better that we hope will help us turn into a more equal society. For those who have yet to make a beginning, we say, start now, in this the Joy of Giving Week.

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