Second June 2016, and it was D Day. The best day, according to me, of working in one of the largest conglomerates. That’s right, this was Nielsen Global Impact Day (NGID – as we call it) our social outreach program to help out in the society. The last two years I headed to St. Catherine’s home at Andheri, but this time there was a surprise location added to the list, St. Catherine of Siena at Bandra. That’s right, the Big ‘B’ itself – BANDHURRA!!
So come 2nd of June, and us Nielsenites assembled at the appointed place, which is walking distance from Mount Mary’s Basilica (though some got lost along the way – one of my friends reached pretty close to the spot, fired up Google Maps and was relocated to St Joseph’s Convent). For those of you who have not been to St. Catherine of Siena, they have these awesome wall paintings as you walk down the entry slope. Check these out!
This was my 4th NGID, and was pretty familiar with the place, since I had been there a couple of months ago with some folks from the society. As I went to the hall where the volunteers were supposed to assemble with the kids, one of the kids remembered me as ‘The Uncle with the Dimple who had come here 2 months ago’ – hahaha, can you believe it? We might forget who they are, but they won’t forget us. That was the ice-breaker – I bonded with them, and even got them to mingle with Rashmi and the others J
There were some really great games organized by the in-charge, especially the musical chairs game, where each of the kids had to be accompanied by one of the volunteers to be able to play the game. I distinctly remember one of the younger girls in the school, immediately running to one of the ARC volunteers whom she had bonded with in the past 15 minutes, grabbing her hand and then dragging her to play the game. That’s the beauty of NGID – whether you want to or not, you will feel the love (And can you feel the love tonight? It is where we are; It’s enough for this wide-eyed wanderer; That we got this far). – Oh Yea!
After that, there was (what I call) the highlight of the show – the magician! Although a little disappointing, he had some nifty tricks up his sleeve, especially when he made one volunteer’s gold wedding ring vanish, and reappear inside a tomato! Of course, he also was able to convert some burning paper into a rabbit – WAIT, WHAT – A RABBIT?? Yep, now that was something!! We even got some pics clicked with the star of the show too.
How many corporates are there in Mumbai?
I think 3000
Just imagine if every corporate fixed one day of the year to spend with these kids, they would never know what an orphan is.
NGID never ceased to amaze me and St. Catherine’s definitely continued the tradition.