Baba Amte once said, The smile of a man who is oppressed or a
child who is suffering is what I covet more than any award.
Spreading smiles to each face coming
across is the act expected from true human being and this is what we find
difficult today. We, at Samidha, are trying to do our best to spread smile
across those cute little faces.
As a part of our continuous efforts
to pour our Samidha (offering) in the yadnya that Mai (Sindhutai Sapkal-link for Mais page) had started, we
organized a charity show to raise funds for "Sanmati Balniketan
Sanstha" ,the orphanage at Manjri, Pune.
The Charity Show was ornamented
with four admirable marathi dramas, winners at the Firodiya Karandak,
Vinodottam Karandak or Bharat Karandak-all inter-collegiate competitions, an
annual feature of Pune.
The dramas were as follows:
On 17th July
On 19th July
The show would not have been such a
success without the stellar performance of the groups and the huge response
shown by the Punekars.
The samidha volunteers left no
stone unturned in making this event the best they could. The tickets, the
entertainment and the food were all taken care of. They made sure the viewers
got their wonderful performance, the performers-their patrons and samidha- the
strength and inspiration to do even more.
The highlight of the show was Mais
speech that instilled in all of us the need to think of those whom we dont
know. It was a moment of pride for us to be spreading the message of her work
to thousands of people present. She has spent her whole life doing for these
orphans what a mother would do for a child-provide for the best she could give
them. All she ever asked of us was to give what we could. The wonderful speech
which changed our perspective to lives around us can be summed up in her words:
amhe tyanche maybap jhalo, tumhi amche
gangot wha I became a parent for them, you could support them as
relatives. As one of us said, when I realized this evening was for some unknown
child without the privileges I had, my own problems suddenly became simpler,
challenges achievable and sorrows routine. The warmth in Mais eyes and her
words of wisdom moved us all.
We all believed we were here to
enjoy the moment and the show but left inspired and enlightened. It left us
thanking for what we have, including the potential to spare something for
others around us.
All present were gifted a small
piggy-bank,our way of saying that sparing and sharing is simple and easy.
We would like to thank all the people present
at the event for supporting our efforts and helping us collect and handover to
Mai, Rs 51,000/- during the event. The proceeds were used to build the
orphanage at Manjri, Pune.