Sun's Worldwide Volunteer Week - "Inclusion – Children of Spastics Society" event
By 157438 on Apr 20, 2007
This week marked the Sun's 13th annual Worldwide Volunteer Week. With over 30 global volunteer projects conducted, employees joined their local communities to contribute time and energy in a company-wide effort to create opportunities that drive participation, economic growth, and social progress.
I took part in a project which was named as "Inclusion – Children of Spastics Society" event. This event had 30 specially-abled children from the spastics society visiting us for a day (19th April, 2007)
The day started with a ice-breaking event - "passing the ball". The idea was to have the kids pass the ball among themselves as long as the music plays. When the music stops, the person with the ball steps forward and introduces himself/herself. They were encouraged to demonstrate any special talent they had. Though a bit shy initially, the kids caught along and expressed themselves more freely. The volunteers cheering in the background helped them come out of their shell more easily.
We then moved on to a painting competition. The kids were split into groups of 4-5. Each group were helped by one or two volunteers. The general theme was "Celebrating 25 years". Coincidentally, both Sun and the Spastics society are celebrating their 25th anniversary this year. The talent displayed by the kids were amazing.
Post lunch, we had a magic show by Magician Satish Kumar. Satish soon became very popular with the kids. Not just the kids, but we volunteers too were totally astounded by the show.
Simultaneously, we also had a person to draw the caricature of all the kids. This was one of the item in the goodies bag along with chocolates and a Sun cap, which was distributed at the end of the day.
The kids had a really lovely time. It was so evident from their happy faces. A few of them got hooked to FoozeBall too. (We played a few games during the lunch session). But it would not be fair to stop with that! We volunteers had such a great time with these kids. A few of us as planning to visit them at their school in the nearby future.
Kudos to Sun and Sun volunteers for organizing this event and making it a grand success.