Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Blood Donation Camp

Kartavya and Indian Red Cross Society Raipur organizes blood donation camp

“Gift of blood is gift of life”

Kartavya, the CSR club of IIM Raipur in association with Indian Red Cross Society Raipur organized a blood donation camp in Sejbahar, Raipur on 23rd August 2015.

Blood donation is not about just giving blood, it is about saving lives.  Blood donated by one person can save upto three lives. In spite of it being such a noble task, people possess a stereotype perception about blood donation and hence are reluctant to come forward. Only 5 % of the world population donates blood, but a mere 5 % increase in the contribution can eliminate blood shortage problems faced so severely in today’s world.

Kartavya and Indian Red Cross Society successfully organized the blood donation camp in Lok Siksh Kendra,Sejbahar with a primary motive of spreading awareness among the people of Sejbahar. With an objective of maximizing participation, such a  place which can attract a great number of people, was chosen. Students of IIM Raipur had been publicizing the event and its importance among the people of Sejbahar for the previous two days. Posters were put up at different places in Sejbahar area. Students also visited the villages to inform the people about the event.

 The event started at 10 AM. Initially the students of IIM Raipur were mainly participating in the blood donation. This however led to curiosity among a lot of local people who came forward with the doubts they had in their minds. They were assured about how safe the process was and also how noble the cause is. Gradually interest augmented and local people started participating. More than 30 people of different age groups came from local households which included women too. Each of the blood donors were thoroughly checked by doctors from Red Cross Society as to whether they were in proper health to donate. Total units collected were over 100. Each of the donors was offered refreshments and certificates as a token of acknowledgement for their participation in this noble event. The event continued till 6PM.

The main objective of organizing the blood donation camp was to spend awareness among the people of Sejbahar. People generally possess many preconceived notions about blood donation. This event was greatly successful in transforming these notions into interest, resulting into participation and hence initiating a change in people’s stigma about blood donation.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

SHINE 2015-Cosmo Youth Festival

Kartavya-CSR club of IIM Raipur and Rotary Club of Raipur Cosmopolitan conducted Shine 2015


It was a silent Sunday all over Raipur but certainly not at Maharaja Agrasen International College. Kartavya – the CSR club of IIM Raipur and Rotary Club of Raipur Cosmopolitan once again tied together to organize ‘SHINE 2015-Cosmo Youth Festival’ an interschool competition on 6th of September at MAIC. A mega platform was provided to exhibit the talents of students belonging to some of the best schools in Raipur.

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Over 100 students from 50 schools eagerly participated in various events like Group Discussion, Debate, Story Writing, Quiz, Waste to wealth which were conducted in 2 rounds from 9 am to 5 pm. Students were divided into two groups- Middles and Seniors- based on their class and events were conducted accordingly. Students from 6th standard to 12th standard had an opportunity to take part in all the events and display their talents. The event was primarily coordinated by the Kartavya team of IIM Raipur  with assistance from some volunteers from IIM Raipur.

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Anxiety and excitement were seen not only in the faces of students but also among the parents who came to support and encourage their children. Judges were amazed and perplexed by the creative skills displayed by the students in some of the events like ‘Waste to Wealth’ and ‘Open your Mind’. While events like mathematical ability and quiz tested their aptitude, ‘Dance’ and ‘Play the music’ showcased their extracurricular skills among the audience which energized everyone’s mood. Finally, the grand event came to an end with the prize distribution ceremony. The efforts and hard work of the students were rewarded. Students of St.Xaviers, Holy Hearts Educational Academy, Holy Cross, etc were able to bag prizes in some of the events while Krishna Public school was honored with ‘School of Schools’ award.

 Maturity and sense of responsibility was shown in the way the students performed in these events and it was a treat for everyone who had a chance to witness the potential of these talented students. ‘Shine’, which was another successful event by IIM Raipur and Rotary Club of Raipur Cosmopolitan, is a one of its kind event in Raipur which strives to bring the talents of students to light and is expected to continue its service every year.