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Prelude: Actor Suhasini Maniratnam with Savera Hotels executive director Nina Reddy, GiveIndia chairman N.Vaghul and Additional Commissioner of Police (Headquarters) M. Ravi, at a press meet in Chennai on Wednesday. — Photo: R. Ravindran
Prelude: Actor Suhasini Maniratnam with Savera Hotels executive director Nina Reddy, GiveIndia chairman N.Vaghul and Additional Commissioner of Police (Headquarters) M. Ravi, at a press meet in Chennai on Wednesday. — Photo: R. Ravindran

Staff Reporter

The funds raised will go to specified NGOs

CHENNAI: With loads of entertainment, fun-filled events and a message to carry back home, the ‘Joy of Giving Week’ is all set to start on September 27.

Announcing this at a press meet here on Wednesday, GiveIndia chairman N. Vaghul said the week aimed to provide an interface between non-profit organisations and philanthropists. “This is our flagship project and we hope corporate world would encourage the concept of payroll giving, where employees can give a nod to deduct a little amount from their monthly salaries.”

One of the biggest events during the week would be the ‘Battle of the Buffet,’ a food-cum-music fest on October 1. The fundraiser would see five top-slot hotels and speciality restaurants coming together to partner with Oriental Cuisines to provide a lavish spread. Donors could buy coupons and choose from over 80 NGOs. The coupons would cost Rs. 5,000 and the money would go to the NGO they choose.

Providing a briefing on the event, Savera Hotels executive director Neena Reddy said participants would get to taste the finest buffets and listen to concerts of Sudha Raghunathan and playback singer Karthik. Actor Suhasini Maniratnam would compere the music show.

The Police Department would conduct orientation sessions for underprivileged women on issues relating to domestic violence. As a part of the celebrations, four police stations – Vadapalani R8, Adyar, Flower Bazaar and Anna Salai D2 — would invite members of the public to visit them and understand how the stations work, Additional Commissioner of Police (Headquarters) M. Ravi said. A food donation programme would be organised by Senkodi Auto Drivers Union at Thiruvanmiyur. Sheraton Park Hotel and Towers has come forward to host skill-training workshops on soft skills for nurses, skill enhancement for domestic workers, finance for NGOs and etiquette for auto-drivers, said its General Manager Virender Razdan.

This apart, signature dish campaigns, cleanliness drive, eye donation pledge, spirit to serve campaign are also held across the week, which comes to a close on October 3.

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