‘Daan Utsav’ – the 10th Joy of Giving Week in Jamshedpur

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XLRI Jamshedpur: XLRI- Xavier School of Management organized the Jamshedpur JoyFest- “Daan Utsav” from October 2nd to 8th with pomp under the aegis of SIGMA-Oikos (Social Initiative Group for Managerial Assistance), the student-run social initiative group of XLRI.

The event which began with the donation drive included Vastra-Samman – the donation of clothes, blankets, and shawls to Ann-Daan – the donation and distribution of dry ration including rice, wheat, etc. It also included the donation of newspapers and many other items.

This was subsequently followed by “The Wish Tree”, whereby an amount of Rs.51000/-­­­­­­ was raised by the students to make the wishes of NGOs, children from the less privileged sections of the society and other beneficiaries come true. Dosa and chat stalls were set up in the campus and money raised from them was also added to the contributions. Students enthusiastically savoured the delicacies in an attempt to contribute.

To add a festive touch to the celebration that is Daan-Utsav, Jam Street was organized in Bishtupur, on the early hours of Sunday (7th October 2018) where the dramatics team of the college performed “Nukkad Naatak” to create awareness about the joy in giving. The event saw enthusiastic participation from hundreds of residents of Jamshedpur. Through the subsequent phases of the initiative, schools, corporates and NGOs across Jamshedpur also participated in this celebration. Generous donations were given by Tata Cummins, DBMS School, JH Tarapore, Vijaya Gardens, Motilal Nehru Public School, Kalamandir, and several others including the staff and students of XLRI Jamshedpur. Visits to Nirmal Hrudaya and Cheshire home by student volunteers from XLRI were icing on the cake of the entire week as interacting with the people from these places evoked feelings of gratefulness and served as a well-deserved break from the hectic B-school grind.

‘Serving those who serve us” was organized where student volunteers served lunch to the housekeeping, security and helping staff of XLRI. A “Health Check-up Camp” in association with Meditrina Hospital, Adityapur, where the staff and sub-staff of XLRI went through a complete basic health check-up was organized. The event took place within the campus and saw successful participation from the college.

Finally, the event concluded on a celebratory note with “Kehkaha”, where NGO kids spent one complete day at XLRI campus and learnt about themselves by participating in fun activities.

SIGMA-Oikos extends its thanks to all the donors and the volunteers who made the entire event joyful, true to its name. With the cooperation from students across the campus as well as the aware citizens of Jamshedpur, “Daan Utsav” proved to be a great success and will surely achieve greater heights in the years to come.