Malhar, the inter-collegiate festival of St Xavier’s College, organised an initiative called Malhar Spreads the Cheer. It was a pre-festival campaign comprising social activities.
Says Sucharita Kanjilal, the chairperson of the Malhar committee, “The message was straightforward. We wanted to involve the underprivileged in a way that benefitted them.”
Malhar Spreads the Cheer had taken up four different social activities: I Have a Dream, A Pocketful of Sunshine, Blood Drive and Bag It.
A Pocketful of Sunshine
Malhar volunteers visited the Jyoti Care Centre at Kalamboli and conducted a jewellery-making workshop for HIV patients between the age of 10 and 40.
In addition to this, games were played, snacks were offered and each member of the work force contributed towards the welfare of the patients.
I Have a Dream
On July 25, Malhar visited 12 NGOs across the city to distribute food packets consisiting of cookies, cupcakes and brownies provided by Le 15 Patisserie and sandwiches provided by Moshe’s. A few children from each NGO got to visit Malhar, where a special programme was planned for them.
Malhar organised a blood drive in collaboration with an in-house student-run NGO called Social Service League. Four hundred people donated blood including students, ex-students and teaching and non-teaching staff.
The Bag It event took place on August 8, and earned the winning colleges startup points. The aim was to recycle paper and ban plastic in the form of a paper bag making event. Sophia’s polytechnic college won first place.