This is slightly off-topic, but if you have kids who are pre-teens or teens and you reside in one of the major cities in India, Joy of Giving Week is coming up (26 Sep 2010 to 2 Oct 2010). Of course this is for adults too. Here is what they suggest you to do –
- Pick the hobby you are most passionate about
- Decide how you want to help (promote awareness, raise money or share the hobby with the less fortunate)
- Pick the date(s) between Sept 26-Oct 2 and venue where you’ll use your hobby to make a difference
- Select the beneficiaries or the NGO you will support
- Figure out how you’ll get the participants for your event
- Register your event and start reaching out to potential participants.
- Execute the event, enjoy it and see the difference you’ve made.
So if you are in Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore, Delhi, NCR, Pune, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, then have a look at the Joy of Giving Week website and register yourself.
JGW 2009 – The Impact
Chennai Auto Rickshaw Drivers-JGW 2009
You can see some highlights as to what Joy of Giving Week was all about in 2009 with these videos on their Youtube channel
Here are some more tips from a related Times of India article
PLANNING YOUR DREAMATHON
Plan a charity lunch or dinner at home or in a restaurant and donate proceeds to your favourite cause. Or make a special dish and sell it at office, school or college and donate proceeds. Or just cook and feed the less fortunate in a nearby care home
Showcase your paintings, photos, artwork or sculptures and sell them for a cause
If you love the outdoors, walk, run, cycle, trek, bike or drive to raise money. Set yourself a tough target (running 21km or cycling 100 km) and promote awareness about a cause close to your heart
Be it music, dance, comedy or theatre, perform professionally or in your society or club and promote awareness for a cause. Raise money by selling tickets to your performance
If you’re a big sports, movie, cricket or general knowledge buff, or you love quizzing, host a quiz at your office or in your society and donate proceeds. Or design a “social” quiz that promotes awareness of social issues among the participants
If you’re a book aficionado, read to the blind, or to children in a care home near your office or home
If making stuff is a passion, go ahead and make your own cards, diyas, gifts, costumes, jewellery and sell them for to raise money. Remember, Diwali and Dussera are round the corner
Do a hairstyling or mehndi job and donate proceeds. Or just do these for the less fortunate
Bring out your inner teacher — Bonsai, reiki, flower making, cooking, music — teach whatever you know for a fee, and donate the fee to a cause you feel needs support. Or teach these skills to the underprivileged
Ofcoure all this can be done on a daily basis or as a habit, but if you are not doing it, this is a good push to start. What about me? I don’t know how I will find time with my two year old and managing personal commitments…
… But let me know in the comments if you plan to do something !
Source : Times of India / Joy of Giving Website