The vibe of the week was set off by the Daan Utsav anthem, Pyaar ka Utsav which left the country swooning to the tune of giving. A beautiful line “sauda hai ye bada ye ajeeb, deke na hua koi gareeb” inspired team iVolunteer to invite people to donate something that we all have but doesn’t cost a penny to barter – kindness.
This was made possible through a campaign inviting commuters at Rajiv Chowk and Central Secretariat metro stations to take up the #KindnessChallenge. The challenge consisted of performing a few suggested random acts of kindness on the spot and tick off as many as possible on a Bingo Card. Commuters were also engaged in a fun game of Wheel of Joy by encouraging them to show off their talents.
Along the lines of manifesting positivity, passers by were called to pick up their wishes from a “Take what you need” board. They were also encouraged to identify the common skill sets they possess such as singing, dancing, teaching, MS Office, etc and sign up to volunteer for an NGO that is in need of these skills.
From as young as 5 year olds to the elderly, we had volunteers exploring how they can light joy in another’s life. Salman, one of our star volunteers shares, “Mujhe bahut acha feel hua tha kyunki daily kaam karte karte bore ho gaya tha. Life me kuch new karna tha, naya logoin se milke acha laga, aur bhut kuch naya sikha, logo ki help krna acha laga. Metro station pe khade hoke pata chala ki log apni life me kitne busy hai unhe khush rehne k liye bhi time nahi hai. Thank you, iVolunteer team❤️”
Aishwarya, another volunteer shares that “Being a part of the Kindness challenge made me feel good about myself. It helped me in discovering my own capabilities. We learn helping and sharing from a very young age but due to this rapid growth we often forget to perform kindness. I genuinely love and support Ivolunteer and the work they are doing, as well as all the people i met throughout. Thank you for the new experiences.”