As part of the Joy of Giving week, The Seva Mela is being organised by the United Way of Chennai, an NGO that has offices in over forty countries. Shyamla Ashok, who heads the NGO, said that this mela, ‘NGO-Corporate Interface’ involves around 50 NGOs and ten corporate organisations. The corporates will be divided into five teams that will collaborate with the NGOs and come up with innovative ideas for stalls.
She said, “We have two awards — the NGO award that will be given for the best stall and the corporate award that will be given to the team that will bring the most number of people and will be the most innovative.” She added that this will enhance skilled volunteering and help one to judge which NGO is capable of doing what.
The Seva Chakra, which was created by CIOSA (Confederation of Indian Organisations for Service and Advocacy) is also being conducted as part of the Joy of Giving Week. Prasanna, who heads CIOSA, said that the wheels or the chakras have been installed in public places where people play it like a fortune wheel and do the act that comes out in the game. It may include buying a cup of coffee for the person who served you a meal while you were at a restaurant and so on.
Prasanna said, “We had recently placed it at Central Railway Station and a couple of parks, where we got good response.”