“JOY OF GIVING”
– Making a difference
“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.”
This was quoted by Ralph Waldo Emerson, an American essayist, lecturer, and poet who led the Transcendentalist movement of the mid-19th century. He was seen as a champion of individualism and a prescient critic of the countervailing pressures of society.
The students of Aditya Institute of Management Studies and Research have portrayed the teaching of Ralph Waldo Emerson to celebrate the JOY OF GIVING WEEK, which is held every year from 2nd October to 8th October worldwide. By giving an amazing opportunity for the students to make a change, AIMSR’s Aranyak Club initiated, conceptualized and organized many activities and events to celebrate this ‘Festival of Philanthropy’.
The preparations started two weeks prior by the core team members finding different ways in which students could help the underprivileged and do something that would not only make an impact on the society, but also within ourselves. Students of AIMSR decided to do something different by collecting clothes, money to buy necessities and giving them to people who are actually in need of them. Few NGOs were shortlisted and visited by the Aranyak’s Core Team to know the needs of these NGOs and whether the donation will be put to good use. With the support and guidance of faculty members three NGOs were shortlisted.
The team started collecting clothes and money given voluntarily by students of MMS and PGDM not only of the first year, but second year students as well. The response was overwhelming. Volunteers from MMS first year did the sorting and packing of the clothes. The money received was utilized for buying medicines and stationary.
The joy of giving week began with zest and a heartening seminar conducted by Shri. Shubh Vilas Ji, author, The Rise of Sun Prince and spiritual seeker and mentor, on 2nd of October 2015. Shri. Shubha Vilas Ji not only made us aware of our internal peace, but how much happiness would- ‘GIVING’ give us. He also quoted that, ‘The highest giving that any man on Earth could give away, would be the giving of VALUES’, touched every heart. He also gave iconic examples of Men who have done something great for the society. One such example was of Mr. Narayan Krishnan, who quit his job at TAJ hotel to feed the homeless and mentally disabled people in his hometown. It takes a Lion’s heart to do what he has done, inspiring the youth of AIMSR to work towards the betterment of the Indian Society.
The female clothing collected was donated to Rescue Foundation, involved in multifarious activities for rescuing, rehabilitating, reintegrating and repatriating the unfortunate, underprivileged girls and children from hell to human society. The male clothing along with medicines was donated to Shanti Daan, a home for terminally ill, home for the old people who are left alone by their children and it is also a home for the sick and dying destitute which is run by the missionaries of charity. Students also got the opportunity to spend time at Shanti Daan, awakening a sense of humanity and gestures of kindness.
Stationary brought was donated to Desire Society, an NGO functioning with an objective of health development and well-being of orphan children affected with HIV. The students of AIMSR were given a warm welcome by these kids who dedicated a special welcome song, making everyone shed tears of joy. Students celebrated the birthday of Shraddha, a 7 year old girl at Desire Society by bringing cake and distributing Chocolates. The children were excited to receive coloring books and various other stationary. They were enjoying the company of AIMSR students who were happy playing with them without any glimpse of hesitation.
It is very uncommon to see such acts of kindness and humility, the urge to make a difference, the willingness to help and make somebody else’s day memorable, which students of A.I.M.S.R. Aranyak Club did without any second thoughts.
As rightly said by Mother Teresa, “It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving”, students of AIMSR Aranyak Club did everything with a sole purpose of spreading joy and love, which was reciprocated with equal love and blessings.
The students of AIMSR being highly motivated by the success of the ‘JOY OF GIVING’, intend to work more towards various other important initiatives and sustainability- For it is in giving to the society,that we receive.
-By Prachi Desai (MMS 2015-17)