Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Para Athlos 2012

Sports serve society by providing vivid examples of excellence” - George F. Will

The Social Responsibility Cell (SRC) of Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneswar (XIMB) , organised ‘Para Athlos’, a sports meet for differently abled children at the XIMB grounds on the evening of 26th January 2012, commemorating the 63rd Republic Day of India. Through Para Athlos, Social Responsibility Cell, XIMB seeks to let our especially abled friends spread their wings and take flight in the sports arena. Yet another occasion of spreading the contagion of smile!

The event was organized in association with the Rotary Club of Bhubaneswar Metro, and around 80 students from the 2 schools: Shri Harsha Memorial School for the Deaf and School for Deaf and Dumb, Palaspalli, participated in Para Athlos with vigour and enthusiasm. The joy and happiness on the faces of the children was visible from the moment they entered the campus. We had organized various activities for the children in the three categories: Junior Boys, Senior Boys and Girls. The talent, the attitude and the team spirit shown by the kids were commendable. The various activities were 100 m and 50 m relay races, sack race, toffee race, balloon race, throw ball and volley ball.

The children proved their mettle in all the activities and the audience passionately cheered and motivated them. The girls enjoyed the toffee and the balloon race. The boys were as enthusiastic as ever. The right attitude displayed by the kids was a lesson in itself. It is not important that you won or lost, but how you played the game. The kids just enjoyed the various games and marked the true spirit of sports.

The activities were followed by a friendly throw ball match between the Rotary and Inner Wheel members and the participating students. After a spectacular show the students enjoyed the snacks and interacted with all of us. It was overwhelming to see that the kids remembered us as we had visited their school earlier on other occasions like Independence Day and Children’s Day. Captain S.S. Mohanty, President, Rotary Club, Rotarian Gopinath Sarangi and IPP Prof. Gopal Krishna Nayak gave away the prizes and certificates to the winners. This was followed by a small speech by Father P D Thomas.

The event was a great success and all of us are proud to be a part of such a spectacular event. The joy, the happiness, the zeal, the passion, the talent, the team spirit, the vigour and the enthusiasm, all were witnessed during those 5 hours. We, the SRC team, aim at making a small but sustainable difference in the lives of the less privileged and Para Athlos was a remarkable step towards this goal.

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Monday, January 2, 2012

New Year Celebration at Anand Mission

Most of us like the idea of being socially responsible.  Most of us respect our neighbors.  Most of us care about the other guy.  The reality is that this is much easier to do in good times than it is in tough times.  How can those of us in project and program management be highly socially responsible in these tough times? 

Our projects affect many stakeholders.  We typically focus on the immediate stakeholders, such as those that will benefit from an application, those that will use a building, those that are financing a project, and the like.  Being socially responsible usually involves extending the range of our identified stakeholders to include the public at large, and perhaps the less fortunate in society.  These extended stakeholder communities are important whether we are in the midst of good times or bad times. How do we cater to them?

With all these challenge is mind we arrived at a conclusion to take up supporting an Orphanage. Swami Vivekananda has said “Give me 40 young men; I can change the face of the world”. Children have the power to make or break the future of the society. Their well-being directly reflects upon the society’s well being at large. We decided to do what best we can in their healthy up bringing for them to act as strong pillars of our society.

Apart from a considerate heart one also needs the money to help the orphanage. Moreover a socially responsible project apart from the beneficiaries should strive to involve the community at large. Hence we came up with the idea of a paper collection drive to collect funds and use them to support the orphanage on an ongoing basis. 
A happy kid is a healthy kid. In addition to the significant material contribution we also decided to spread smiles on the eve of the New Year 2012. We celebrated the New Year day with the kids with various competitions and sweets. Changing the face of the orphanage entirely may not be possible at this stage, yet we have made a significant positive impact not just on their lives but also made the XIMB community sensitive to the needs of the needy children.

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