VSO organises Tarang to raise funds2 min read
Manipal: The Voluntary Service Organisation (VSO) of Manipal University held Tarang at End Point from one in the afternoon till eight in the evening on February 10. It was an occasion where both the student population and families of Manipal came together to fly kites for a noble cause.
The money raised at the event would be given to three different charities; the Sri Krishna Balaniketan in Udupi, Nittur State Home in Manipal and ASARE, a home for the mentally challenged, also in Manipal.
Savita Sastri, a volunteer said that this event was also held to create awareness of the existence of VSO. “We want to encourage student volunteers. We have ongoing projects on weekends and what we generate goes back into VSO,” she said. She also believed this event brought Manipal together. “There is an entire cross section – students, families, orphans, old and young – everybody turned up,” she added.
Tarang’s kites were brought in from Gujarat and were sold at Rs. 50 a pair. Apart from the kite flying, there were eight stalls selling food and electronic items. There was also a photo booth and live performances by local bands. The proceeds from all this went to the charities as well.
Kaushal Dvora, a local resident said, “It was a nice event, but it can be better organised. Areas could have been earmarked for kite flying, especially for the children, for safety reasons. There is also a lot of littering happening. Bins should have been kept in proper places as the regular bins are far away. But it is a good start, a good encouragement as nowadays the younger generation doesn’t come out often.”
“We’re here to fly the kites but the kites are really bad. Usually normal kites require a long tail and these kites have no tails,” said Vishnu Raveen, a final year student of Manipal Institute of Technology. Despite the minor complaints, the event proved to be very successful as around 400 kites were sold by the evening.
The kite flying was followed by the release of sky lanterns which brought an end to the day’s festivities.
Sub-edited by Shiv Nair