Sunday, September 13, 2009

XLRI ties up with Schools, Colleges for ‘Philanthropy Fest’

Jamshedpur Sept 13 (The Pioneer): City-based leading B-school XLRI School of Business and Human Resource is gearing up to celebrate the Joy of Giving Week (Sept 27– Oct 3), which is a unique nation-wide festival being celebrated across the country. Conceptualised as a “festival of philanthropy”, the Jamshedpur JoyFest will see a variety of activities to promote the spirit of volunteerism among people from all walks of life.

The preparations for the Week started from August 21 when it was unveiled at XLRI in a function attended by the who’s who of the city, and was graced by the film director Imtiaz Ali, who is also the brand ambassador for the Joy of Giving Week.

“In our daily lives, we all help others in our own small ways. But here is an opportunity to do it together, to encourage others to do so, and to celebrate the spirit of volunteerism, which is so deep-rooted in the Jamshedpur community. As a part of our Diamond Jubilee celebrations, we have decided that we will make efforts to anchor and facilitate this cause for the city to which we belong,” said Father Abraham, director, XLRI. Professor Madhukar Shukla, said that a core group of volunteers from Jusco, Kala-Mandir, KGVK (Usha Martin), Loyola School, Rotary Club, Tata Steel, Telcon, and XLRI have joined together to facilitate the activities during the week.

XLRI is specifically tying up with the schools and colleges, and will take the help of JYOTI and Interact Clubs to organise the activities he informed.

One of the major initiatives for the week is to support the nation-wide initiative – Vastra-Samman – which is being carried out across 25 cities for the award-winning NGO, GOONJ.

The professor further went on to add that XLRI students have also decided to celebrate the Week by devoting each day for doing something for the neglected sections of the society, e.g., the disabled, the old-age, orphans, etc. Rotary Club is going to hold health-camps for the poor during the week.

“Bodhi Tree”, the XLRI band, will be holding concerts to mobilise donations, and DRACULA, XLRI’s dramatic society is planning to stage “nukkad natak” to raise awareness about social issues.

About 30 schools, participating in Tata Steel’s Excellence in Education Program, have signed up to mobilise their students in the clothes-collection drive, and will also act as the “collection centers” in their respective localities. The branches of Rotary Clubs in Jamshedpur have also taken up this cause, and will be mobilising the clothes collection drive through their members.

More information about Jamshedpur JoyFest is available at:

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