Employees of Maruti Suzuki India Limited (MSIL), celebrated Diwali in a different way this year. Few days before the festival, they visited NGOs in Delhi and NCR spreading the message of a safe Diwali.
Motivated by their desire to share the joy and festivities of the season with the less privileged, a group of 40 volunteers, a part of the in-house employee volunteering programme e-Parivartan, went to four different NGOs. Most of them are members of a core team of volunteers at Maruti Suzuki.
Maruti Suzuki has tie-ups with leading NGOs in Delhi and NCR, where its employees volunteer on a regular basis. Some volunteers like Tariq Syed Mohammad along with his family like to work as a volunteer, while others like Varun Ahuja, Rakshit Jindial, Sunil KV, Monika Jindal, Kranti Kumar prefer to join their colleagues.
The celebrations were held at Divya Chaya Trust, Prayatn and Sparsh Foundation centres in Gurgaon and Bal Vihar in Delhi. At Prayatn, Sparsh Foundation and Bal Vihar centres for children, the volunteers organised many activities for the 300 odd children of the NGOs. Important information on safety while lighting fire crackers was the key message shared with the children. Diya painting, greeting cards and rangoli making were the main highlight. At Divya Chaya Trust, a home for elderly, volunteers spent time helping the people decorate their home.
Speaking on the occasion, Rakshit Jindial, a volunteer of Prayatn centre, said, “I love spending time with these young children. I volunteer on a regular basis. I especially like to spend occasions like Diwali with them. We’ve spent time discussing the importance of celebrating Diwali safely this time.” Monika Jindal expressed similar views.
“Celebrating Diwali with these wonderful children has made the festival more special this year,” she said.