Noted NGO, Bakul has sent this press release :
Thousand Volunteers Celebrate Joy among thousands of Children
About 1200 youth of Odisha participated in 28 cities of India in the Day of Service on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti and the Joy of Giving Week Celebrations by BAKUL Foundation in association with Young Indians (Yi), the Women and Child Development Department of the Govt of Odisha. Humara Bachpan and Purvi Bharat Steels Limited. The volunteers had the joy of bringing smiles and giving pleasure to about joy to about 12, 000 kids and elderly.
This event happened in 28 cities of India but was coordinated by Bakul volunteers from Bhubaneswar. The activities in other cities were also coordinated by Bakul volunteers who had moved to other cities. Not surprisingly, the epicentre of this volunteering tsunami was Bhubaneswar and activities happened in 9 Orphanages, 18 Anganwadis and 5 slums of Bhubaneswar in which about 600 volunteers participated. Activities also happened in Cuttack, Rourkela, Sambalpur, Berhampur, Paradip and Dhenkanal in Odisha. Many youth groups such as Enactus, Aisec, Souls for Solace and Aasra joined hands. Many homemakers and retired professionals also participated.
The main reason for the event was also to demonstrate the power of volunteerism and to provide a platform for people to volunteer, and the Day of Service has initiated thousands of young people into volunteering in the last 3 years. Many volunteers thanked the organizers for this opportunity and they were looking forward to such an opportunity, and having volunteered and brought smiles to children, they felt much better about themselves.
One of the highlights of the event was stunts by a group of bikers by the name of Moto for children of the Satya Sai Seva Sangha in Khandagiri. Sasmita Mohanty of Humara Bachpan Child Club in Salia Sahi said that it was exciting to meet so many educated and cheerful young people who played many interesting games and did activities with them. Usharani Patra of Sikharchandi similarly said that they loved the wierd games they played and loved getting messy with colours. Debsha Patnaik, a Bakul volunteer and student of KIIT, who volunteered at Sikharchandi said that since the slum was close to her college, she and her friends hoped to keep coming back to work with the kids.