Saturday morning, 5 a.m, saw a flurry of activity at the Andheri highway, which was to be the meeting point for something very important. People of assorted shapes, sizes, ages and professions were all on time, despite having slept. They were here to catch the ‘Bus 2 Mokhada’.
The much awaited bus, followed by cars which were also loaded with people, head off to fulfil “Mission Mokhada: Notebook Donation Drive 2016”, a Youth For People initiative. 2 lakh notebooks were being gifted to more than forty thousand rural children of Mokhada and Jawhar. What is amazing is that this campaign had pledges from young school student, tea-sellers, television actors, radio hosts and professionals working in multi-nationals, and they pulled it off together.
More than a hundred odd people reached Mokhada by 10.30 a.m and the book distribution was underway within minutes of reaching, with the immense support of the local NGO Aroehan.
Post lunch, the locals organised a felicitation ceremony which saw Resident Editor of Sakaal, Rahul Gadpale, as Chief Guest. Senior P I of Mokhada, Mr. Bhoye, Prof. Pradnya Kulkarni of Jawhar College of Arts and Mr. Narendra Patil, Vice Chairman of Rayat Shikshan Sanstha were special invitees. Dipesh Tank and DNA Journalist Virat Singh represented Youth For People and shared their vision for this drive: To wipe out the lines dividing rural and urban India.
The popular band ‘Kabir Cafe’, who travelled especially for the event, regaled the audience with a high-energy performance.
Indiapages, in its article last week, had pledged its wholehearted support to the cause, knowing that YFP had already done this two years in a row already. We applaud the massive effort and the collective energy of young India in reaching out to rural India, and blurring the lines.
“Udd Jaa Re”: The video of Mokhada & Jawhar Notebook Drive