Pune: Students of National Service Scheme (NSS) from city colleges have taken up the initiative of collecting food, clothes and other necessity products for people affected by Kerala floods.
“We had started collecting non-perishable food items, unused clothes, Detol and sanitary napkins from Saturday. We strictly informed students to not contribute any cash and emphasised more on contributing sanitary napkins in large number, since many hesitate to contribute it openly. Even the boys had personally bought sanitary napkins from medical stores to contribute,” said Arpan Gajbe, college representative of NSS group in Fergusson College.
“We were overwhelmed by the response of students, as within 24 hours of publicity about the initiative we got at least 40 volunteers. It has been three days we have managed to collect a lot of products to send to Kerala. We are expecting to wrap this up by Tuesday morning latest and send it immediately. We are coordinating with Navodya NGO, which consists of Maharashtrians resided in Kerala and Keralites here, also Jan Kalyan Samiti in Pune which will be transporting these materials. If required, we will again collect and send in second round,” said Gajbe.
Students of Sir Parashurambhau (SP) College started collecting food at their boys and girls hostels. “We will be submitting all the collections to Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU) soon from where the materials will be sent,” said Prof Vilas Ugale, NSS coordinator of SP College.
NSS group of Bharati Vidyapeeth’s Institute of Management and Entrepreneurship Development (IMED) and Pharmacy College, Paud Road collected relief materials. As many as 67 students have contributed blankets, clothes, rice packets and medicines.
As well as ‘Youth-The power to change’ and punemalayali.com had collected several soaps, towels, tea powders, biscuits, paracetamol, ORS, glucose, Betadine etc to help the affected fellowmen of the state.