Mangalore : In view of reaching out to the people of Kashmir who are devastated by the recent floods, CREST (Creating Resource to Empower Society Today), the youth wing of Centre for Integrated Learning (CIL), has launched `CREST for Kashmir’ initiative to mobilize resources to help the rehabilitation work that is in progress to bring the valley state that is restoring normalcy.
With lakhs of people in distress, the youth of the city under CREST will come together to mobilize resources through an array of activities to collect money, materials and man power. It has set a target to send 5000 Toys, Medicines worth Rs 5 lakh, Essential Commodities worth Rs 5 lakh essential and warm clothing among other things. It is also intended to send 50 Volunteers to spend about ten days in rehabilitation work on Ground Zero. Donations in cash exempted from tax under Section 80(G) of IT Act.
The volunteers of CREST will go on a door to door collection drive throughout the city during the next one month. Collection of old newspapers and scrap will be taken up as a fund raising effort. School and college students will be appealed to donate usable clothes, warm clothing and other items that will reach the affected people. Non-perishable food items, grains, pulses, tea among other commodities will also be collected from wholesalers.
To raise funds for the initiative, apart from donations, CREST has planned to hold a Charity Basketball Tournament. A mall event with bake sales, Mehandi and yard sale during a weekend, has also been planned during the month. Navaras Utsav, a cultural evening by the Navaras Hobby Dancers Club, a wing of CIL will also be held during November as part of the fund raising series of events.
Donors intending to help CREST for Kashmir initiative may remit their contributions to Centre for Integrated Learning, State Bank of India, Mallikatte Branch, Mangalore ; A/c. No. 30745450733 ; IFSC – SBIN0003823 ; Swift No – SBININBB146.
Centre for Integrated Learning, a city based NGO has been striving to evolve strategies and interventions to add value to the present education system and CREST is an offshoot of such a concept. Through CREST, students of various colleges in the city come together and involve in various socially productive activities.
Members Present at the Press meet : Sachitha Nandagopal, Executive Director, CIL ; Vaishnavi Pavithran, President, CREST ; Arun Malya and Vaishnavi Rai, Coordinators of CREST for Kashmir Project, Jason Brian Saldanha, Coordinator of CREST Toy Bank