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College fests campaign for a cause

As the frenzy of Malhar, the annual festival of St Xavier’s College scheduled from August 17 to 19, begins, students have organised pre-festival activities. Students visited children undergoing cancer treatment at Tata Memorial Hospital, cleaned Dadar Chowpatty as part of the Chakachak programme and also held a yard sale.

mumbai Updated: Aug 06, 2012 01:25 IST
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As the frenzy of Malhar, the annual festival of St Xavier’s College scheduled from August 17 to 19, begins, students have organised pre-festival activities. Students visited children undergoing cancer treatment at Tata Memorial Hospital, cleaned Dadar Chowpatty as part of the Chakachak programme and also held a yard sale.

During the festival, competitions such as ‘Design-a-smile’ will carry a social message. “Participants will have to make a design that brings a smile to a child’s face. The best design will be printed on T-shirts, which will be distributed to children associated with Umang, a not for profit,” said Adith Anande, in charge of the festival’s public relations.

A workshop on ‘Paint my Ride’ will get participants to paint bicycles, which will be donated to children associated with Umang.

Sophia College’s annual festival, Kaleidoscope, which will be held from September 7 to 9, will hold pre-festival activities such as a cycle rally in mid-August. The rally hopes to drive home the message that people should use environment-friendly transport. “The rally will mostly be held from Sophia’s to Marine Drive or Marine Lines and back. We have also organised beach cleaning on Girgaum Chowpatty,” said Sampurna Maitra, part of the festival’s executive committee.

Students of Narsee Monjee College will visit slums in Andheri and Jogeshwari for an awareness drive on the importance of education before their annual festival Umang kicks off on August 19. The college has tied up with Make a Difference (MAD), a not-for profit picked by US first lady Michelle Obama during her Mumbai visit in 2010. “We will be talking to children about the importance of education with the help of MAD volunteers,” said Riya Parikh, a member of the organising team of Umang.

Students of Mithibai College are planning to use the platform of their college festival, Kshitij, in December, to spread awareness about cybercrime. “We are planning to tie up with the Mumbai police’s cybercrime cell for the workshop,” said Shivani

Shettye, a member of the festival’s organising team.