The week-long joy of giving event is India’s biggest philanthropic festival. Individuals from all walks of life come together and, in a noble ‘act of giving’, give back in whichever way they please.
First launched in 2009 on Gandhi Jayanti day, Daan Utsav is a community venture to increase national happiness and well-being. It is one of the nation’s joint attempts to create a culture of generosity, compassion and unity.
Giving back is usually immediately associated with finances and donating money to NGOs. However, Daan Utsav is not exclusively focused on large donations or on promoting particular causes through NGOs.
Daan Utsav accommodates all kinds of giving, of different sizes, within the community. During the Utsav, many give in the form of small acts of kindness like volunteering or granting food rations to the less-privileged.
Here are five exciting and unique ways you can give this Daan Utsav:
- 1,00,000 Hugs
Program: This Daan Utsav, HUG has launched the 1,00,000 Hugs campaign in which HUG collects cooked food from food establishments, individuals and excess executive meals from corporate houses. The collected food is then distributed to the poorest communities in Bangalore.
- Rang de Jaipur
Program: A citizen driven week with various volunteer opportunities like painting, cleaning and plantation drives at Jaipur’s main Railway Station.
Date: 02/10/2018 – 08/10/2018
Location: Jaipur Railway Station
- Beach Clean Up and Cloth Collection:
Program: HERE solutions is organizing a Juhu beach cleanup and a cloth collection drive. They are also organizing the voluntary painting of the Bandra station.
Location: Nesco IT park Mumbai Maharashtra 400063 India
- Topsy Turvy
Program: Help out at a play area for underprivileged from various orphanages go to play. The children will be able to play and will be served food.
Location: 15, Everise WHC Road, Dharampeth nagpur Nagpur Maharashtra 440010 India
Program: On October 6, volunteers can walk a distance of 2 kilometers whilst planting 2,000 trees. The ‘Greenathon’ is being organized by Being Volunteer.
Location: Mhalunge, Pune Mahalunge Padawal Maharashtra 410515 India
Don’t forget to share your Daan Utsav experiences by sharing a #HappyDot selfie!
Follow these four steps to round-off your 2018 Daan Utsav experience!
- Do an act of giving during the Daan Utsav week!
- Put on a #HappyDot sticker or draw the #Happydot with a marker. You can place it wherever you want.
- Take a selfie!
- Share your photo on social media. Don’t forget to tag your photo with the hashtags #DaanUtsav or #HappyDot and write a short summary on your act of giving.
Take advantage of this exceptional week and display your generosity and compassion through small acts of giving. Your acts of giving, irrespective of size, could have a large impact on the beneficiaries and even inspire those around you to give.
Read more about Daan Utsav, and other ways you can give, on their website.