Originally written by Anusha Thakur
On the occasion of “Joy of giving week” at NMIMS campus being celebrated from 27th September to 3rd October ’09, we thought of doing something different and make a difference. It is a festival where every person can ‘give’ as much, or as little, as he or she wishes to. What they are sure to get in the bargain is pure, simple joy!
It aims at educating the youth about different social causes, and encouraging them to indulge in acts of giving during this week- in time, money, skills or kindness- the same morales we have in MAD. So the “JOYFEST” & NMIMS Social Responsibility Forum has collaborated with MAD and all the funds raised through the events held will be donated to ‘Make-A-Difference’. Renowned celebrities like Nandita Das, Sachin Tendulkar and Imitiaz Ali have supported this cause.
On 29th September 09, the 3rd day of this week, we enacted a street play to raise awareness about MAD and the joy of teaching kids. The response was pretty good making people come to our MAD desk, at the premises, and register themselves for being volunteers. After that there was a craft workshop “crat-o-rama” for the Make A Difference kids from St.Catherines centre in which each kid along with a participant had to decorate a paper bag by making newpapers’ collage. The judge for the day was the Indian Idol & Iss Jungle Se Mujhe bachao host Mini Mathur who chose the best bag and these bags were later auctioned. All the money raised from the auction will also be donated to “Make A Difference”.The media coverage of this event was by MTV. VJ BANI and VINEET came n interacted with the kids and volunteers which was later featured on MTV WASSUP!