Tuesday, 5 May 2009
YOUTHS CHIP IN FOR SLUM DWELLERS IN GUJARAT: YOUTH'S MAKING DIFFERENCES
AHMEDABAD: Radhika was richer in a day. On Sunday, she got a new pair of clothes, a doll and a pair of glares. This was no shopping spree for a slum dweller from Gulbai Tekra, but a gift from a group of youngsters who reached her home.
All the presents meant no less to her, even if they were used. Youth volunteers from Yuva Unstoppable, held a drive on Sunday morning, called 'Donate by heart'. Close to 100 volunteers participated in the drive where they had to bring at least one thing that they were going to donate.
The group collected almost 600 clothes, 70 pair of shoes, accessories and toys. The programme began at Gujarat Law Society, where the group was addressed by the founder of the youth group, Amitabh Shah and chief guest of the event, who was at least 10 years younger than most present.
"Since we were organising a programme for the slum dwellers, we decide to have one of them address us. Amit Thakur, a class X student, who is running a school in his slum area in Manekbaug was called as the chief guest," said Hardeep Pathak, a Yuva volunteer. Shakib Saiyed, a Yuva volunteer said, "Seeing beaming faces of slum children after they got donated clothes was a delight.
We were surprised to find that the youngsters donated branded clothes. The volunteers came up with food items, clothes, shoes, remort control cars, goggles and even a small piano for the children."Another volunteer, Henal Tewani says, "It is not about going and simply distributing items. We had an interaction and shared thoughts with each other. These experiences helps us in being a better person in life."