Xtremely Young Zoroastrians between the age group of 5 to 15 took part in this drive in Mumbai collecting 14,758 vessels to be donated to the needy.
XYZ (Xtremely Young Zoroastrians), an organisation aimed at promoting togetherness and camaraderie within the youngsters of the Zoroastrian Community, under its MAD (Make A Difference) Initiative, titled ‘XYZ Vessel-a-thon’ organised a vessel collection drive on Sunday, 24th February 2019. Aimed at providing vessels to all those in the city who eat off newspapers and leaves and cannot afford to buy vessels to cook in or eat in, ‘XYZ Vessel-a-thon’ got together over 100 XYZ members (aged between 5 and 15 years) along with parents, volunteers and friends, visiting 25 different colonies and locations across Mumbai, between 9:30 am and 12:30 pm. They were able to rake up a whopping 14,758 vessels comprising of pots, pans, cookers, bowls, dishes, plates, spoons, cups, serving spoons etc. all in usable condition to provide relief to Mumbai’s underprivileged.
Founder of XYZ, Hoshaang Gotla, says, “This initiative was to make our youngsters understand the power and fulfilment in service. We have planned the drive of collecting vessels from within the Parsi community. We are hoping to become a catalyst and look forward to numerous other societies and organisations take this up to help a larger section of society. I’m so glad that the children of our small community are bringing about a difference in the lives of the less fortunate.”
XYZ sent the collected vessels to NGOs like Goonj, Hamara Footath, WWH (We Will Help Charitable Foundation at Aarey Milk Colony), Oscar Foundation at Machimar Nagar and a few others to be distributed amongst people in need and help ease their lives. Donations in cash and cheques will be channelized into providing brand new utensils to organisations that cook for over 200 people at a time. Special vessels will also be donated to the animals at the BSPCA.
The reason this event was called Vessel-a-thon is because it was a marathon of vessels. A marathon is 42 km and that was the distance our XYZs covered between Colaba and Thane collecting the vessels. This mammoth feat was achieved in less than 3 hours and that is generally the time taken to complete a marathon as well.
XYZ aspires to mould the children between the ages of 5 and 15 years to become better individuals and inculcate values through fellowship and service activities
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