While some might say that charity begins at home,Pune Running,an organisation that holds marathons in the city throughout the year,believes that charity begins on the streets.
As a part of the Joy of Giving Week,Pune Running has organised a marathon on Sunday – October 6 – to raise funds for underprivileged patients of Neonatal ICU in KEM Hospital,Pune. We have over 4,600 registrations this year and have raised quite a sum for our cause. The marathon will be divided into different categories like three,five,ten,fifteen and twenty one kilometres. The participants will be divided into males and females over and under 40 years. All minors will be running accompanied with an adult, said Vikas Kumar,from Pune Running,who is the co-ordinator for the marathon. The marathon will begin at 6 am at BMCC grounds. The participants of the 21 kms marathon will be running to Bavdhan and back.
Another charity event organised at Pheonix Marketcity on Monday is the arts and crafts fair where several NGOs will be putting up their stalls. Seventeen NGOs,most of which operate from Pune,will be participating at the fair all day long.
While Devrai Art Village,an NGO which helps adhivasis earn an income to sustain themselves and their families,will display a range of brass and stone artifacts made by the adhivasis,Nav Kshitij,an NGO which works with mentally challenged adults and trains them in some form of vocation,will sell a range of handicrafts made by them.
City-based NGO Satch will be selling a range of paper products and Smile NGO will be selling a range of products made by Dhan material. Since this fair is a part of Joy of Giving Week,it provides a national platform for the participating NGOs. They are advertised about on social media and their information reaches more people. There are so many NGOs in Pune which are not as popular as Swach or Akanksha,but they are also doing commendable work, said Shuchita Basu,co-ordinator for the arts and crafts fair.
She also added that the NGOs get exposure at zero cost,which is a great opportunity for them to spread awareness about their work through distributing their literature among the visitors at the mall.
While most of the events are aimed at raising funds for various NGOs,Divya Chavan will be doing her bit by hosting a workshop to spread awareness about sexual harassment at workplace. She will be visiting various IT companies and banks,which have signed up for the workshop,and speaking on the recent legislation on sexual harassment. Women at workplaces need to know how to handle such situations where they are harassed by males,sexually or otherwise too. Since there is so much talk about the issue,many women have started speaking up,but its only a start. Everyone needs to be aware of the legislation to stop sexual harassment. Even the culprits,when they are aware that such a law exists which provides punishment for their behavior,will keep check on themselves, said Chavan.
She will also be introducing the various NGOs participating in the Joy of Giving Week to the companies she visits for the workshop and will request the employees to donate clothes,books,toys and other things to the NGOs.