Community Service Day 2018
– Aravind Acharya
“Deeds of giving are the very foundations of the world”. Realizing this, the deputy CEO of Pillais institutions, Mr. Franav Pillai put forth the idea of a community service day. As a result, a tradition started in 2012, wherein the 48 institutions of the Mahatma Education Society joined hands to help the less fortunate people in the society. The community service day was started with an intent of inducing a habit of giving among the students and faculty of the Pillais institution.
This year, the community service day celebrated on the 27th of January was attended by 22 NGOs who gathered in our very own Dr.K.M. Vasudevan Pillai campus in New Panvel. A crowd of around 800 kids and elderly people showed up which included homeless kids as well as kids from various orphanages, villages and senior citizens from various old age homes. Arrangements for their travelling and entertainment were taken care off by students and faculty members. This was then followed by MES’s very own talent show ‘Uber Rang’.
The day began when the various members from different NGOs were brought into the campus around 10:30 in the morning. Fun activities such as sponge painting, musical chairs and singing were arranged for kids whereas the elders were entertained with motivational speeches and Antakshari. A delicious lunch was served to them at 12 which was cherished by everyone.
The chief guest for the day was Dr. Varsha Desai Deshmukh, a certified pediatrician and psychotherapist currently working at The William Beaumont children’s hospital in Michigan. She also provides Counselling for victims of trauma and domestic violence for a Michigan based family services organisation serving predominantly South Asian communities. Her words of wisdom inspired everyone.
Kids and elders had a great time as they shared their fun stories and life experiences with each other. Snacks were provided along with a parting gift, so that they could savor the memory of this day for a long time.
The day ended on a high as the members were dropped to their respective destinations by 5:30 in the evening. A promise was made to stay in touch with these NGOs and to help them in their future endeavors.
The day was fulfilling as the laughter of innocent kids echoed throughout the campus along with smiles on the faces of the elders.