VSO releases first newsletter at SPARSH ’162 min read
Manipal: Volunteer Services Organisation (VSO) released their first quarterly e-newsletter ‘Voluntous’ at their event Sparsh ’16, a fund raiser for the Rural Development Fund of Manipal University (MU) at Fortune Inn Valley View on April 2.
The honorary guest, the Vice Chancellor of MU, Dr. H. Vinod Bhat, inaugurated the event by lighting the lamp. The first performance was an eastern dance number, followed by violinist T. Ranga Pai. Further performances included Shiva Tandava by the students of Manipal College of Nursing and a dance performance which was choreographed by Blitzkrieg and performed by the kids of Sri Krishna Bala Niketan orphanage. In addition there was a dance performance by Showstoppers, street play by Absolute Dramatics Addiction (ADA), beat boxing, shadow art and stand up comedy among many others. The special performers of the evening were Sudhir, fluteboxer of India’s Got Talent fame, and Raghavendra Hegde, one of the few and well renowned sand artists in the world.
“The entire spectrum of planning was done by teachers and students from various colleges under Manipal University. We began the process of planning a month ago, with brainstorming sessions every week to come up with 20-25 ideas for community enhancement, poverty elevation, and skill development. Out of these the best ones were chosen. Transportation, Logistics, Hospitality, Finance, Media etc were the different departments that co-ordinated and worked together and pulled off such a big event”, said P. Valsaraj, Chairman of the Organising Committee of Sparsh ’16 and a faculty of Welcomgroup Graduate School of Hotel Administration (WGSHA).
The proceeds of the event went to MU’s Rural Development Fund, which is put in use for the development of people living in nearby areas. “We, as a team, sold a total of 1007 tickets and raised around Rs. 1.5 lacs for the fund. In addition to that, we tried to get those talents on the stage that were less recognised despite their level of talent”, said Shreyas Y Pai, Head of Ticketing and Sponsorship for Sparsh ’16 and a 3rd year student of Manipal Institute of Technology (MIT).
VSO in Manipal is an entirely student-run organisation with a volunteer strength of around 5000, and this cultural extravaganza was surely their step towards touching others’ lives. “This is the first time I have attended an event so colourful. The entire soiree was organised beautifully. I enjoyed all the cultural events very much. VSO-Manipal is doing great work, and a charity event on such a scale is worth applause. Sparsh ’16, for me, was priceless”, said Ramakrishna Bolisetty, a 2nd year student of MIT.
Edited by Sakhi Todi