VISAKHAPATNAM: This festive season, you can both enjoy your festival shopping and also help bring cheers to the lives of the destitute. For those who are wondering how, a visit to HSBC Bank near Sri Sampath Vinayak temple in Waltair Uplands area would show how one can go shopping while helping others at the same time.
The annual event of HSBC’s Helping Hands Mela is back to provide Vizagites with the joy of shopping and also help them extend a bit of help at the same time. The mela, which is being conducted for the 14th consecutive year, will be held till September 27 everyday between 10 am and 4 pm. Noted NGOs like Global Aid, Sunflower Special School and Physically Challenged Welfare Association are part of the event. These NGOs work for the uplift of differently-abled children.
Andhra University vice-chancellor GSN Raju inaugurated the event here Monday, in the presence of the Visakhapatnam branch head and vice-president M Badri Krishna, associate vice-president Pavan Mangi and general secretary IS Gopi Krishna. Raju commended the team for its efforts in supporting the cause to help the NGOs. He also visited the stalls and bought a few products made by them.
Four local NGOs have set up their stalls at the event to sell the products manufactured by their inmates. Giving an opportunity to NGOs and communities to sell their products, HSBC creates a platform and invites local NGOs to come to its branches across the country and display their products. The proceeds of the sale go to charity.
Fun thru help
- Helping Hands Mela to be held at the HSBC Bank near Sri Sampath Vinayak temple in Waltair Uplands till September 27
- Open from 10 am to 4 pm
- Products for sale include floating candles, Diwali diyas, photo frames, gift boxes, dry fruit laddus and hand bags