VSO launches six new projects at Daan Utsav3 min read
Manipal: The Volunteer Services Organisation (VSO), Manipal University, celebrated ‘Daan Utsav’, Joy of Giving week from October 2-8 by launching six new projects adding to three existing ones in and around Manipal. This was the third consecutive year VSO celebrated Daan Utsav.
Coinciding with Gandhi Jayanti every year, Daan Utsav is a philanthropic drive where people join hands to help the underprivileged strata of the society. The participation level significantly increased from last year as volunteers turned up in large numbers to serve the needy.
“Meal for a Smile”, a project aimed at providing free lunch for slum dwellers was conducted again this year with help from Welcome Graduate School of Hotel Administration (WGSHA). “We intend to organise such an event twice a year and the enthusiasm displayed by VSO student-volunteers will aid in accomplishing the intention”, said Valsaraj P, Project Coordinator of VSO and a member of WGSHA.
An Eye and Hearing camp was organised by School of Allied Health Sciences (SOAHS), a newly launched event, wherein students from various schools in Manipal were given free eye screening and speech & hearing check-up by Department of Optomery and Department of Speech and Hearing on October 6 and 8. Asha Nilaya, Saralabettu, Sagrinoli, Manipal Academy, Kakunji, Manchi and Volakadu were the seven schools that took part in the event.
Prathiksha Prabhu, a member of Welfare Committee of SOAHS, Interact Cub and VSO on being asked about the school students who took part in the event, commented “There were no signs of notoriety seen in the students and the whole event proceeded smoothly.” Sriharhath, a 12 year old participant stated innocently, “The doctors were very nice. It was fun and the doctors are doing good work for us.”
“We distributed sweets, snacks and stationary items amongst the students after the examination concluded. Also, students don’t pay much attention to eye and ear problems and aren’t aware of the consequences later in life. Hence, we also informed them about overall well-being”, said Heera Lal Mahato, lead coordinator of the The Eye and Hearing camp. However, when asked about the treatment procedure, he stated. “Although, examination and spectacles would be provided for free, surgery, if needed, would incur extra charges.”
”Daan Sahyog”, a collective drive where old and used belongings were collected from across the university was flagged of at School Of Communication on September 17, 2015. ”Splash-N-Dash” a mass car wash campaign was held in collaboration with Melaka Manipal Medical College, wherein 150 cars were washed at MIT and KMC staff quarters on October 1-2 with a profit of around 1 lakh.
Also, a Dental Camp was organised by Manipal College of Dental Sciences (MCODS) with dental screening and distribution of desensitizing toothpastes. Oral hygiene awareness was created for auto/taxi/bus drivers and retired police officers on October 3 and October 9.
“High Voltage”, Manipal’s first ever rock jam night was hosted by School of Life Sciences(SOLS) on October 6 with a turn-up of 700 people.
The week long charitable event concluded with a valedictory ceremony wherein chief faculty coordinators, team leaders and volunteers presented a report about their respective projects. Dr H Vinod Bhat, Pro Vice Chancellor of Manipal University, was the guest of honour at the event. He added, “It’s not about the results. It’s about the willingness to help the less fortunate people wholeheartedly”. He urged the students to take active participation in such philanthrophic acts of gratitude.
Edited by Kavana Desai