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While most youngsters are running around trying to secure lucrative jobs and progressing up the ladder of success...

May 19, 2009 2:49:40 am

While most youngsters are running around trying to secure lucrative jobs and progressing up the ladder of success,a small bunch of youngsters have chosen to climb up,albeit at the same time lend a helping hand to the less fortunate with their maiden endevour-the Crossbow Club.

Sagar Shah,one of the founder members says,“We began with the club about two years back with just four founding members,my friends Aatish Jain,Kedar Kamlapurkar,Preet Solanki and myself. The initial idea behind the formation of the club was to go around helping people from the underprivileged sections of society. Some of the most neglected sections of society including orphans and old aged people so we initially began working with them and slowly we began working towards other important causes too.”

Speaking about their activities Preet Solanki,says,“The group that we formed slowly has expanded from four members to twenty members and we carry out tasks like meeting people from old age homes. Recently we celebrated Family Day with members of these old age homes and also in orphanages. We meet once a week at the Urban Ashram to decide our weekly programmes and accordingly execute them.”

Among other activities that the club undertakes,are social causes like traffic awareness rallies,which was organised in association with the Regional Transport Office from East Street till Sakhar Sankul, tree plantation drives,personality development courses for the inmates of remand home,a forest conservation project,and a project for cancer patients in association with Grant A Wish Foundation.

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About their future projects Shah says,“We will be working towards starting the tree plantation drive with school children. There are close to 200 schools in the city so we will aim to at least go to 100 schools and we will provide the saplings to them and ask them to plant them in the school premises and take care of them themselves.”

“In addition to this we also have a long term goal of opening a centre for the orphaned children so that they can have access to good education. Orphans are a neglected section of society and find it difficult to get access to good education so we wish to work towards their benefit,” says Shah with a smile.

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