Austin ­Rotaractors donate to TRF

RAC Austin Institute president Deepika Sharma, along with club members, giving a set of lamps to a couple.
RAC Austin Institute president Deepika Sharma, along with club members, giving a set of lamps to a couple.

Diwali is a time for celebration and also a great time to raise funds for good causes,” says ­Deepika Sharma, ­president, RAC Austin ­Institute, RID 3070, who spearheaded a fundraising programme that raised ₹23,000 “for a club project and to donate to TRF”.

Club mentor Rtn Ajit Paul Singh Naphrey and president Deepika Sharma donate lamps to a differently-abled.
Club mentor Rtn Ajit Paul Singh Naphrey and president Deepika Sharma donate lamps to a differently-abled.

The inspiration to give to TRF came from DG Upinder Singh Ghai. “He informed us that 90.8 per cent of the donations go straight to supporting service projects. Our donations no matter how big or small, he pointed out, are used to train future ­peacemakers, support clean water, and strengthen local economies.”

Club president Deepika Sharma and Rotaractors with a display of the lamps they decorated.
Club president Deepika Sharma and Rotaractors with a display of the lamps they decorated.

The Rotaractors, armed with with paintbrushes, acrylic and glitter, painted close to 500 diyas which were put out for sale by Rotary clubs in ­Jalandhar, ­Punjab. “We sourced the lamps from local vendors at a reasonable price, painted them artistically and gift wrapped them,” says Deepika. Some of the diyas were home delivered by the Rotaractors while a few were picked up by people who visited the stall at the ­Austin Airhostess Training ­Institute, Jalandhar. Before the Diwali ­holidays began the diyas were all sold out and “we raised ₹23,000 and were thrilled!”

Club president Deepika Sharma hands over the club’s contribution to TRF to DG Upinder Singh Ghai.
Club president Deepika Sharma hands over the club’s contribution to TRF to DG Upinder Singh Ghai.

 

Rotaractors decorating the terracota lamps.
Rotaractors decorating the terracota lamps.

A cheque of $101 (₹7,500) was handed over to DG Ghai as a donation to TRF and the ­remaining money was used to buy warm clothes for underprivileged ­families. “We are proud to have given to the Foundation. It may not be much if you look at it from a ­Rotarian’s ­perspective. But for us ­Rotaractors, this is remarkable and is the first step towards the journey of giving to the Foundation,” she smiles.

 

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