Kolkata Gives – Philanthropy Festival 2017

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The Kolkata Gives Philanthropy Exhibition 2017 Promotional Poster

There’s a lot of good in our world. There are luxuries that make our lives easier, there are things we can afford which bring about joy, or happiness. We are the privileged lot – the ones who were born into families where we could get an education, where we found peace and love without hardship, where we were provided an environment to grow into healthy, happy individuals. However, it is important for us to acknowledge that there is a world beyond the comfort of our living rooms. There remain thousands of people facing strife every day, be it financial problems, societal backlash or even personal hardships that occur for no fault of theirs. These are people who deserve to dream of the same things we do, and deserve a life of happiness. And for all of this, they need our support.

As Henry Ward Beecher said, “Every charitable act is a stepping stone to heaven.” The glorification of the principle of empathetic charity is not unfounded in logic. It is only when we help the ones who have been dealt a bad hand, do we multiply our chances of making the world a better place. There are thousands of children who cannot offer schooling. There are thousands of families living below the bare minimums because of poverty. If we do our part, we could bring about a broad smile on an unfortunate child’s face, or alleviate the situation of a struggling worker.

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Scenes from the 2016 Philanthropy Festival by Kolkata Gives

The Kolkata Gives Philanthropic Exhibition is an endeavour to do just that. It is a philanthropic platform which seeks to bridge the gap between the NGO’s that are committed to bettering the lives of poorer sections of society, and the influential sector of society which could provide so much support in terms of involvement and funding. The exhibition invites donors to come over, take a look at the situation first hand, get to know the stories of the downtrodden, and get involved. Every year, a donation in kind is also made apart from monetary donations. The donors who come for the exhibition get to know one another, share their stories and inspire one another to do a little bit more to achieve social equality.

The exhibition is about showcasing NGO’s which have been doing incredible work in the area of supporting poor children and families. The organization has selected 15 Non-Government Organisations operating in diverse fields such as education and empowerment, healthcare, trafficking, geriatrics, animal welfare, rural development and disability to bring about greater awareness and implementation in these sectors. The list of organisations to be represented is provided below.

1.       Calcutta Social Project
2.       OFFER
3.       Tiljala Shed
4.       Antara
5.       Alzheimer’s and Related Disorder Society of India
6.       Thakurpukur Cancer Hospital
7.       Anwesha
8.       Pace Universal
9.       Disha Foundation
10.   Kamdebpur Rural Development Society
11.   Baikuntha Tarun Sangha
12.   Sanjog
13.   Samaritan Help Mission
14.   Parivaar
15.   Dhyan Foundation
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The Kolkata GIves Philanthropy Festival 2016

The Philanthropy Festival attempts to promote grassroots NGOs who are doing their bit to help the underprivileged in the city. Online and offline promotion inspires in general, the act of giving amongst the donors.

Platforms such as the one Kolkata Gives provides are extremely important in our bid to provide a level playing field for all. Because we have been gifted so bountifully in our lives, it is our responsibility to give back to society and help others who have not been so fortunate.

I would invite all of my friends, companions and associates to enthusiastically join the movement to help our brothers and sisters in need. To buy the donation card to enter the exhibition, please visit the link – https://in.bookmyshow.com/events/kolkata-gives-exhibition/ET00055055

Do check out the Kolkata Gives website to get an even better idea of the wonderful work they are doing to promote charity and help the ones in need. The Kolkata Gives Philanthropy Festival is to be held on the 16th of April, 2017. I hope to you see there!

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