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The Rotary Club of Bombay, in a gala charity event, raised about Rs 25 lakh for  the city zoo.

The Governor of Maharashtra, Mohammad Fazal, also pledged Rs 15,000 from his own pocket towards the cause.

Each of the 450-odd people present had paid Rs 2,500 to be there.Some of them even sportingly walked the ramp with models displaying collections by Daks, Satyapaul and Queenie Dhody.

The fashion show was followed by an auction, the highlights of which were the dinner for four with Mandira Bedi, which went for Rs 22,000, and dinner for four with Perizaad Zorabian at Rs 25,000. Most lively of all the bids was the one for dinner with Sachin Tendulkar that went for Rs 1,10,000.

Art was also auctioned at higher than estimated prices with artists like S H Raza and Yusuf Arakkal going for about Rs two lakh.
PAWS organized Awareness Program PAWS organized a Education & Awareness show in association with the Civil Defense office of Dombivli on 24th November 2004 at Shastri Nagar hospital Community Hall. 50 volunteers of Civil Defense had attended the program. The program consisting, an introductory talk by Ms. Sonali on animal welfare. Then PAWS (Plant & Animals Welfare Society) founder trustee gave brief lecture on different animal related cruelties & what PAWS does to stop it. All the activities done by PAWS are also explained to the volunteers of Civil Defense Team. The Program ended with CD show. A CD created by PETA India to teach general citizens on animal welfare. Regards, Nilesh Bhanage Hony. Gen. Secretary - PAWS 

Dance programme for charity on Nov 22
The Lioness Club of Vasant Vihar has organised a charity show on Nov 22 at 7.15 pm at Sivaswamy Auditorium, Fine Arts Society.
The event will feature a classical Bharatnatyam programme by Mythili Prakash from the Shakti School of Bharathanatyam, Los Angeles.
The funds raised from this programme will be donated towards the welfare of students from Rochiram T Thadani School for Hearing Handicapped, Chembur.
For details about the show and donor cards call Padma Ramamurthi on 9324330988 or Revathy Subramanian on 9820180483.

To commemorate the sacrifice of Satyendra Kumar Dubey, an honest and morally upright Indian engineer who sacrificed his life fighting against corruption, we have declared 27th November, date on which Satyendra was murdered, as Anti Corruption Day (Bhrastachar Hatao Divas).

Through this invitation, we appeal you to stand up for this fight against corruption. Corruption is prevalent in Indian society from every angle and honest and truthful martyrs like Mr. Satyendra Kumar Dubey are murdered in daylight. It is also disheartening to note that after a small media wave everything becomes calm again as usual. We all read news, feel sad, discuss, donate and forget. Lets get together in this fight to make sure that another sacrificed is not needed to wake us up again.

In order to keep this fight alive and to bring people together in this fight, various events are being organised all over the world on 27th November 2004. We request you to come forward and participate in one of these events and support us in our fight against corruption. The events are:

1) Mass Fast: Participants will have to take the following three pledges in order to participate in the Mass Fast. Those pledges are:

i) I will never accept, give or support a bribe.

ii) I will always assist and support, to the best of my ability, anybody who fights or resists corruption.

iii) I will help spread awareness about the fight against corruption.

If you agree to above three pledges then please sign up for Mass Fast at (register at the forum and join the Mass Fast Team at

Please note that if for any reason you cannot truthfully take above three pledges, we request you not to sign up for this fast.

2) 2 minutes silence: Please observe 2 minutes silence in honour of Satyendra on 27th November.

3) Essay Competition: Details will be available at the foundation website (

As Swami Vivekananda had said, “Society does not go down because of inactivates of criminals but because of inactivates of the good people”, I request you to come forward and help us drive the corruption away from our society and help us build a strong India.

We thank you for your time and concern over this matter. Please send your queries to


Kalyan Panda


S. K. Dubey Foundation, Inc.


Launch of the Year of Micro Credit

The United Nations designated the year 2005 as the International Year of Micro Credit.  It has invited Governments, Non-Governmental Institutions and the private sector to help capacity building in micro finance and create more awareness on the subject.  A team of alumni and students of Harvard and other business schools is working with the U.N. to coordinate Stock Exchanges worldwide to allow microentrepreneurs to ring their opening or closing bells on November 18th, the launch of the Year of Microcredit.  This Stock Exchange coordination is an official U.N. activity for the Year.

Bombay Stock Exchange is chosen as the Stock Exchange for celebration of this event in India. The reason of choosing the Stock Exchange for heralding the launch of the programme is (a) to illustrate the importance of liberalizing financial systems to the rich and the poor alike (b) To symbolize micro entrepreneurs as dynamic economic contributors; and (c) because BSE's participation will inspire exchanges around the world to follow suit.

The bell ringing ceremony will be done by a group of microfinance entrepreneurs recognized for their success. The participants in this launch are BSE, Citigroup, PlanetFinance and the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development.

The bell ringing ceremony is organized on November 18th 2004 at 9.00 hrs at the Dinshaw Petit Convention Center, 1st Floor, P.J. Towers, Dalal Street, Mumbai 400 001.

We have great pleasure in inviting you to the bell ringing ceremony and the launch of the Year of the Micro Credit.   For any further information or assistance, please call me or my colleague Ms. Hema Srinivasan (98195 55364).

Looking forward to seeing you.

With best regards,

Dr. Bandi Ram Prasad
Chief Economist & Chief General Manager-BSE

Lakshmi K. Narasimhan 

Corporate Social Responsibility

Also presentation of Golden Peacock Award for Excellence in Corporate Governance

Golden Peacock Award for Corporate Social Responsibility 9-10 November 2004, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi
Excellence in Corporate Governance and Corporate Social Responsibility has become overriding imperatives for business success in today’s globalised economy. Creation of your own brand equity is the most powerful weapon in your company’s armour to beat the global competition. The achievement of the Golden Peacock Award is an effective way to build your ‘brand equity’ and reach the pinnacle of excellence. With a view to creating competitiveness, the Institute of Directors (IOD) has instituted several Golden Peacock Awards. The Golden Peacock Awards Secretariat has pleasure in inviting applications for Golden Peacock Award for Excellence in Corporate Governance and Golden Peacock Award for Corporate social Responsibility for the year 2004. The Awards are bestowed annually and are designed to encourage total improvement in Corporate Governance and Corporate Social Responsibility of organizations. The organizations in all sectors of business are eligible.
 Why is it so special?
This is the only award, which has meticulously defined and transparent selection criteria and is determined by highly elaborate and independent assessment process.
Award winners are eligible to use the National Award logo on all promotional materials
Preparation helps to inspire and align the entire workforce & accelerates the pace of your improvement.
Worldwide recognition     
Both the Awards will be presented at a special glittering ceremony on 9th November   2004 during the National Conference on “ Corporate Social Responsibility “ with theme “ Bridging the gap through CSR “ at India Habitat Centre in New Delhi.
The Award application forms are available from the Golden Peacock Awards Secretariat, Institute of Directors, M-64, GK-II, New Delhi-110048 on payment of Rs 200/- (Rupees Two hundred only).The application form and guidelines (both in PDF & Word format) can also be downloaded (Free of Cost) directly from our website:
The last date for submission of duly completed application form with all enclosures for the above two awards is October 15, 2004.
Should you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact on Mobile: 9811135151
We look forward to your participation in Golden Peacock Awards.
Manoj K Raut
Group Manager – Corporate Services
Institute of Directors
M-64, Greater Kailash Part-II
New Delhi-110048
Ph: 011-51636294, 51636735, and 51636716 / 7
Fax: 011-29217475 / 51636292
 Also visit at the following sites:
1.For IOD Activities, please visit:
2.For Corporate Governance, please visit:
3.For Golden Peacock Awards, please visit:
4.For Environment Management please visit:
From Tara Panjwani.

The company I am currently working with, Inheritance India is organizing a craft sale made from natural forest fibres made by local people who dont have much employment so this is a way to generate money and jobs for them and preserve the environment at the same time.

The craft exhibition is on the 6th and 7th of November at the Horniman Circle Gardens, Fort, Mumbai.

The details are provided in the poster I am attaching with this email and more
information is provided below on the company and the work they do. Read on...

Inheritance India Land Conservation Co. is involved in environmental heritage and conservation of natural resources. The enterprise has been set up by a group of individuals from multiple disciplines who believe that environmental resources are finite; that sustainable economic models that support the environment through a variety of means is what will drive the world's business

Inheritance India has explored and selected over the last three years a basket of initiatives that protects threatened natural areas, takes care of livelihoods of local people as well as makes a return on investment.

Among the many programmes that have been started, the designing and development
of craft using natural fibres is a significant one. Some of the fibres used are
made from exotic weeds that destroy natural spaces for example water hyacinth
which clogs the backwaters of Kerela. A similar process is being used to create
good quality handmade paper from invasive exotic weeds that grow in the tropical forest regions of the Western Ghats paralyzing the local forest flora.

Samples of all these products as well as many others generated by the local people will be on display at Horniman Circle Gardens on Saturday 6 November and
Sunday 7 November. Come and take a look at some unusual nature crafts that are helping the conservation of our forests.

Please contact: Tara Panjwani for more information:



Background of the Organization

Saathi is a registered development agency (since 1997) working primarily with youth living on the streets and homeless adolescent girls and the various issues that are a part of their struggles. Issues of health, vocational training, education, and psychosocial support are addressed as a part of these projects. With the learnings and expertise gained through the projects, the organization has expanded to include being a leading organization in the coalition efforts to establish minimum standards of institutional child care in Maharashtra through Quality Institutional Care and Alternatives for Children (QIC&AC). Saathi also performs intervention work with a local pavement community in Mumbai, particularly bringing education and vocational alternatives to the girl children, intervening with communal violence-affected children in Ahmedabad, and exploring economic alternatives and community development in a forest dependent community in Kerala.

To work towards creating a Just and Equitable world with a specific focus on
youth living on the streets.

Project Background: Sports as a Tool Towards Integration

Street children and youth are basically homeless. Despite the fact that a number of organizations work with street children in the city today there has been limited focus on older street children and youth and their problems. The peculiarity of the age that they are in gets them easily labeled as being difficult. The issues related to their lives in turn are more challenging to handle whether it is home, relationships, a job or aspects of "settling down". Youth working towards a goal of self-sufficiency are often confronted by the label of "homeless" or "street youth" and the nuances that accompany these labels.

The sports program at Saathi is more than a form of recreation. It is a
tool with several objectives:
* Provides a level playing field where a participant is able to take part without labels or preconceptions putting him at a disadvantage.
* Allows for parallels to be drawn against the youth's other endeavors of maintaining focus and determination.
* Provides a sense of healthy competition and community to the youths.

Saathi's sports program commenced with the 1st Mumbai International Marathon, in which nine youths trained for and comfortably completed the 21km half marathon. Several went on to run in the Thane Marathon, with two completing the full 42 kilometers. They continue to train and will be participating in further events.

Current Program: Saathi at the Stumps

The main force driving this project, and Saathi as a whole, is street youth
equality and social integration. Cricket has long served as a major unifying
force in the subcontinent: we hope to join in this spirit of camaraderie and
provide a platform for everyone in the Saathi community to socialize and enjoy themselves. Additionally, after the success of the Marathon Running Group, we feel this event will only further motivate the youth themselves, members of our own organization, and our sponsors to pursue sports and recreation as a means of self-reliance and social integration.

The idea behind Saathi at the Stumps is to take 300 people per day (up to 1200 different people overall) associated with Saathi (kids, staff, partnered NGO's, celebrities and sponsors) to the India vs. Australia 4th Test Match at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai, from November 3rd to 7th. The project will give a first in a life time opportunity for the children (aged 8-22) that both Saathi and Niramaya work with. Also, by bringing together people from all walks off life, we are celebrating diversity, while also acting as model to show that some sort of equality can be achieved.

With the project, we intend to evoke huge media attention through our partners in television and newsprint. In February 2003, through our involvement in the inaugural Mumbai Marathon, we managed to appear on various television channels, and have nine articles published in a range of daily newspapers.

Being connected to the development of street youths (boys and girls) is a direct investment into the future of India, and will further your image as a
socially responsible corporation. Inspiring and encouraging participation in
sports fosters healthy competition, discipline, and hard work. Additionally,
you will be associated with an unprecedented event uniting Mumbai's street
youth with international cricket. In conclusion, we believe a partnership
between Saathi and your organization will greatly benefit all parties involved.

* To provide Saathi's youth a never-before opportunity to view a cricket match at the stadium. This is a means to build a sense of participation and celebration among the youth. It also presents an opportunity to initiate interaction between the youth and the larger community.
* To spread awareness about Saathi's mission and activities
* To raise funds for Saathi's future and ongoing projects

There are two ways in which you can sponsor this project:

1. Upon giving a donation, your company logo will be printed on our commemorative floppy hats, formally associating your company with the project. Your company will also gain exposure through the media attention that the project receives. We are looking for a maximum of 3 such sponsors.

2. From our 300 'season' tickets we have created tickets for each day. You can buy tickets from us on either the corporate or individual level. This way you will still be making a donation to Saathi, as all proceeds go towards to our ongoing projects, and you will be at the match participating with Saathi.

Sponsors that choose the first option are also encouraged to take part in the second option. All donations (of any amount) are fully tax exempt for the donor; Saathi will provide all the necessary documentation to facilitate this.


We look forward to your continued support this year.

If you require any additional details, please visit our website or call Gool Patel 022 22188865.

Wishing you a prosperous year ahead!

Nitai Mehta
Madhu Mehta Foundation


Mumbai's largest diwali party will be held on November 6, 2004

1200 children from various organizations including Children Aid Society (Chembur Children's Home), Manav Seva Samaj, Shraddhanand Mahila Ashram, Root Cause (Tardeo Municipal School), Bombay Vigilance Association, Sirur Balak Ashram, Akanksha, National Sponsorship Council, Thelma JRD Tata Anand Kendra Trust, Dadar School for the Blind, 'Make A Wish' Foundation and Community Outreach Program (CORP) attend this party. 

Our special guests are treated to a variety entertainment program performed by professionals and film stars and a talent parade for them to showcase their own dancing and singing skills. A sumptuous sit-down banquet is laid out and the evening comes to a close with fireworks and large gift hampers for each guest.


The Gujarati 'thali' dinner at the Party is prepared by Thackers and served at the sit down banquet. Sponsorship of food (snacks and dinner) is by way of monetary contribution from individual and corporate donors.


1200 gift hampers are distributed amongst the residents of the host institutions and at the party itself. Each hamper contains items of daily use and entertainment: toys, napkins, soap dishes, soaps, tooth paste and tooth brushes, sparklers, games, caps, bags, sweets, etc. Corporates provide us with items manufactured/procured by them or the monetary
contribution from individual sponsors is collected to procure these gifts.


Music, singing, dancing, film screening, film stars, mimicry, magic shows - these are all part of the entertainment for the guests at the party. Corporates and individuals make monetary contributions towards the entertainment package. We also sometimes request film stars to grace the occasion for a few minutes to say a few encouraging words to the children. 
Munnabhai MBBS screened for street kids
Fame Malad organised a special screening of Munnabhai MBBS for street kids of the Vatsalaya Foundation on Nov 4. Arshad Warsi attended an interactive session with the kids. The show was organised as part of the purple ribbon social initiative of Fame Adlabs.
Local gym hosts charity mela
Golds’ Gym at Pali Naka organised a Diwali mela. The mela showcased diyas, Diwali decorations, greeting cards and chocolates made by the women and children of Ashray, a home for children affected by HIV-AIDS.
VYF light up these orphans' Diwali
The boys from Prem Sangh, 9870401287 / 28904223, located at St Francis Engineering College, can’t hide their excitement. These orphans from the street know that on Diwali day the Vivekanand Youth Forum (VYF) Juhu will visit them and Diwali will be celebrated complete with sweets and crackers.
“For the 30 boys at the home, this show of courtesy goes a long way in helping them understand the true spirit of the festival,” says Brother Agnel, director of the home. Last year an anonymous donor gave a huge bag full of crackers to the boys, a luxury unheard of for them.
It's pouring charity at Rain this Diwali
Rain restaurant in Juhu is hosting a Diwali charity exhibition on its premises from Nov 5 to 11. Six charities are brought under one roof by Kirti, a Delhi-based organisation, for this event.
Among the charities are Akanksha and Aseema, which work to educate slum kids, Comet Media, which makes wooden educational learning aids, the Shraddha NGO that works with mentally-challenged kids and Om Creations, who work with mentally-challenged young adults.
A bright Diwali for Thane's needy kids
Ten-year-old Ganesh has his hands full this Diwali vacation. Every day from Nov 4, his schedule has not varied.

After a quick breakfast at home he rushes to Arambh, a Turbhe-based NGO that works with children, and settles down to making his quota of 50-100 diyas a day.

Ganesh is just one of the many enthusiastic participants at the diya-making workshop organised by Arambh. Says Shobha Murthy, director of the NGO, “When we met these kids they used to do odd jobs to earn their livelihood. We persuaded their parents to send the kids to school.

Now most of these children are sent to schools like St Mary’s Multipurpose School.

She adds, “This is the first year that we are making around 15,000 diyas. The money that we generate will go towards funding the education of these kids.” During vacations, Arambh also organises painting and craft classes for these children.

Although the number sounds intimidating, children are divided into batches and they have no daily targets. “We don’t want to overwhelm them with work. We let them work at their own pace,” she says, adding the organisation has 25 students in each batch.

Says Murti, “We help the children purchase material for diyas. After that, they paint and decorate the diyas. The employees of Sandoz have bought many diyas from us.” The diyas are priced at Rs 10 for 6.

Mangaru Gupta, one of the participants says, “We have got good response. We have already sold 700 diyas.” Arambh has also received an order of 9,000 diyas from the Concern India Foundation as well.
Kids, teachers clean Madh beach
Around 120 students of Sunday School, Orlem Church, participated in the cleaning up of Madh Beach, Malad (W) as a part of a yearly project.

The three-hour long cleaning exercise started at 8 am, and saw students of class 7 and 8 and 14 teachers canvassing the beach wearing plastic gloves and carrying small polythene bags to collect the dry garbage.

Items like plastics, bottles, thermocol pieces, broken slippers and waste papers were collected and thrown in 56 larger polythene bags. These bags were thrown in a garbage bin after the clean-up. They cleaned half a kilometer of the beach starting from Madh beach bus stop.

The yearly project involves creating outdoor activities for Sunday School students. While students from junior classes visit orphanages and homes for special children, class 7 and 8 participate in the beach cleaning exercise.
“The aim of such outdoor activities is to let children see how they can contribute towards the betterment of the society.”
It's so easy, isn't it..
The Bipin Memorial Football Association has organised a three-week-long, free football coaching camp for students below 16 years of age. The camp will be conducted at RPF Ground, Mulund (E) and will begin from Nov 2. Olympian SS Narayanan is the chief coach. 
For details, call Madhu Kotian on 9869141433 / 56265383. 
The Vyakti Vikas Kendra has organised an interactive two-hour seminar called WeCare at the Thakur Vidya Mandir, Thakur Complex, Borivali, on Oct 31 from 10 am to 12 noon. The session is meant to help parents and teachers understand children’s stress and tension and teach the kids how to cope with it. For registration, call Nidhi Ranjan at 28542415. 
Bhartiya Stree Shakti conference
The Bhartiya Stree Shakti is organising its sixth triennial conference at Seeta Hall in Damani Estate on Oct 31 and Nov 1. About 500 women delegates from Goa, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, Delhi will participate in this two-day workshop. 'Men's participation in gender equality' is the theme of the conference and several lectures, discussions and debates will be held to discuss the issue. For participation contact Laxmi Keshav Mangal Karyalaya, Opp Pratap Cinema, Kolbad Road, Thane. Call 25471498 / 25472771.

District Governor Rahul Timbadia &

District Chairman Ajay Gupta,
 Convenors Mukesh Trivedi, Dr. Anil Malik &
Committee of “Upgradation of General Hospitals”
have pleasure in inviting you to a Seminar on
 “Upgradation of General Hospitals”
On Sunday, 31st October, 2004 at 9.00 a.m. at
A/C Mini Auditorium, SNDT Women`s University,
 Juhu Tara Road, SantaCruz {W}, Mumbai 400 04
Keynote Speakers : 
Dr. {Mrs} Seema S Malik
(Supptd – Peripheral Hospitals Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai)
Dr.Gavde (Supttd. Cooper Hospital, Ville Parle)
Dr. Wadiwalla (Supttd. Bhagwati Hospital, Borivili)
Dr. Sadrangani (Supttd.)
Rotary Club of Bombay Seacoast
Rotary Club of Mumbai Juhu
Sponsored by Indusind Bank Ltd.
Participating Clubs :
Primarily - RCs of Western Mumbai Suburbs
All are welcome to attend
  Program :
9.00 a.m. to 9.30 a.m.  - Registration & Breakfast
9.30 a.m. to 11.25 a.m.  - Seminar
11.25 a.m. to 12.00 noon – Q & A, Conclusion 


The Photographic Society of Navi Mumbai was inaugurated on Oct 22 at Nerul. KV Subramaniam, an amateur photographer, along with nine other Navi Mumbai residents has founded the society. “The main aims and objectives of the society are to promote the art of photography. Field trips, guest lectures by leading photographers and workshops are on our agenda,” says Subramaniam. Call KV Subramaniam on 27702590 between 9 and 11 pm.
Student Exposure Program Deepawali 2004

Dates: Orientation: October 23
Exposure Program: October 28 - November 10
Sharing Session: November 15
Last date: October 18, 2004
For more information / application, contact "I n i t i a t i v e" , Tel: 55913950

The Welfare of Stray Dogs has organized The WSD – How to S. O. S. Workshop on October 31. 2004 (Sunday) at Girgaum at 10:30 am. The topics covered by the
First-Aid workshop will be approaching & handling dogs/body language, how to examine a dog, handling emergencies (Poisoning, Bleeding, Burns , Diarrhoea
,Vomiting, Fits, Injury etc), homeopathy for dogs, information on major diseases, (Rabies, Distemper, Parvovirus etc) and basic first-aid i.e treatment of
wounds/skin disease etc. 
The workshop would be conducted by 2 vets, a homeopath and WSD personnel. The workshop would be interactive  with demonstrations wherever appropriate. There would be demonstrations on how to muzzle a dog, taking temperature & pulse rate, checking the hydration and gums, treating a wound and skin problem cases. 
A dog lover feels helpless when a stray dog needs medical aid and through this work-shop, a trained volunteer or dog lover can start treatment even before a vet or NGO arrives. The lives of many stray dogs can be saved if they get help before their problem becomes serious – since stray dogs have less access to medical
help than pets. 
The workshop is free(Duration - 3 hours) and is open to all dog lovers, members of the public, WSD pariah club members and WSD first-aid volunteers. Interested
participants can call to register on 23733433(10:00-5:00) /23891070 or E-mail 
As a continuation of the Founder’s day celebrations, The Yoga Institute plans to conduct free Heart Awareness camps all over the country starting from the month of October 2004. The first three camps in the series will be held at the following locations on the dates given. 
03RD October 2004 - Royal College , Meera Rd.  
27th October 2004 - Jamnabai Narsee school, Juhu. 
21st November 2004 - Hotel Diplomat, Colaba  
Registration will be on first come first served basis. For more information, please contact   
The Yoga Institute
Shri Yogendra Marg,
Prabhat Colony,
Santacruz (East)
Phone: 26110506, 26122185 ( 8 am to 6 p.m. )
Welfare for Stray Dogs is having a pre-Diwali sale of Gift Items (at never before prices)- trays, vases, clocks, glassware, decorative pieces and much much more & WSD products that include Towels, T-shirts, Caps, Eco-friendly bags
(Jute and Cloth), Wood Free Pencils, Ceramic Bowls, Trays and Mugs, Stationary, Tile Coasters, Key Chains and pillows.
Venue: Avabai Mansion Compound, Henry Road, Colaba
Causeway, Opposite Electric House, Mumbai 400 039
Date: October 21-22, 2004 (Thursday-Friday) (11:00 am to 6:30 pm)
Proceeds go towards WSD's sterilization and rabies prevention programme.
Thanks and regards
Abodh Aras
Chief Executive Officer
Tel : 23733433/23891070 E-mail : 
Cops and Robbers
mr yp singh, indian police services and fire-brand cop, will address mumbai month-end meet on 30 oct'04. he has already stirred up a hornet's nest with his first book highlighting corruption in the police. his next missile,oops, book titled 'vultures in love' is now ready for launch! the theme for MMM is the venal corruption in our society and you will glimpse some vintage stuff from his forthcoming book too. remember you heard it here first:-)

the time : 4.30 pm,sat 30oct'04
the venue : indian inst.of engrs,haji ali
the theme : corruption in our public life
the menu : squeaky clean

all ye closet activists, this is your chance to come out. and clean up our legacy to our children. shed your typical cynicism and bring along your neighbours too.

**there is a public meeting on 'criminals in politics' on sunday,10oct,1100hrs at sacred heart school, s.v.(ghodbunder) rd,santa cruz(w) - the speakers are shri anna hazare and shri jayprakash of loksatta. all are invited. netas,cops and robbers better watch out!
cheers Janak Daftari
Cordially invite you to our Annual Concert
On Tuesday 19th October, 2004 at 5.00 p.m.
in the Sophia Bhabha Hall.
Please do come with family and friends.  
Tel: 23510853 / 23517913
Rotary Club Of Mumbai Dahisar is organizing a "EYE CHECKUP CAMP" with computerised testing and distribution of free reading glasses (Only if recomended by doctor)

Date : Sunday, 17th October 2004

Time : 9 am to 1 pm,

Venue : Rotary Garden & Recreation centre , C S Road No.3, Near Corporation Camp, Anand Nagar Extn., Dahisar(East), Mumbai - 400068

Sponsor: Rtn.Jayantilal Vaishav of M/s.Jayco Chemicals & Rtn.Rajendra Karia of M/s.K K Real Estate Agency.

Tea & Buisuits will be served.

All are requested to take advantages of the camp please contact President Rtn.Rajendran Unnikrishnan on 9820137566 or Secretary Rtn.Rajendra Karia on 9820041896 or the undersigned on 9820936132 or 30913128 and enroll your name.

Rtn.Dr.Ajay Warankar.

Name: Rtn.Raja S. Baweja(Director-Club Service) 
Organisation: Rotary Club Of Bombay Bandstand
Telephone:: 2640-7132 and 98212-77217
Message: Motorcycle Rally For Polio Awareness
from Bandstand to Shastri Nagar (S'cruz-E)
on SUNDAY 17th.October 2004
Flag Off at 7-30 am Concludes at 12 Noon
20 Bikers (maybe more) on Enfield Bullets (The Indie Thumpers) with Laxmi Nagar Municipal School Children riding Pillion attired in Rotary overalls/T-shirts and sun flaps and arm bands.

With posters/banners/placards and Information leaflets.
Flag Off by a Celebrity at around 7-30 or 8 am
Flag Off from Bandstand (Co-inciding with our Club's name)
Ride through Bandra Reclamation- Lal Mitti Slums, (Below Bandra 'Jalebi' Flyover)
Behramapada slums, (Bandra East)
Bharat Nagar slums,(Bandra East-BKC)
Goli Bar slums (Khar East)
Concluding at Shastri Nagar Health Post.(S'cruz-W)
The Kids will be dispersed at Laxmi Nagar Municipal School by about 12-30pm with packets of Mini Meals and soft drinks.
The Bikers and our supporters/sponsors will be invited for a Thank-You party for Lunch. 
For Polio Plus Awareness.
This event will also focus on Rotary's 100 years of Service to the Community.
For more details and information log on to our website or e-mail us on  or call on 2640-7132 or 98212-77217
The Lions Club of Golden Goregaon NW is holding a FREE DEMONSTRATION of Instant effectiveness of Pain relief, without any drugs, from Sunday the 24th October, from 10 am to 7 pm, till the end of the month for the registered members of KARAMYOG group at 

Su Jok HOLISTIC HEALING CENTRE, near Sangli Bank that is in-between ISKCON Temple and CHANDAN Cinema, JUHU, MUMBAI 400 049. Please register on Tel: 33278565, 26206243, Fax 26254476

Cases of Diabetes, Improvement in Vision and hearing problems, Kidney partial failures can also be treated.

This is Lion Luthria G B, New member of your group. Our Club The Lions Club of Golden Goregaon NW has adopted Su Jok Therapy as our Signature Project. You might have seen me on Aastha TV Channel, my program comes regularly on this Channel at 12-30 midnight. In this program, we teach, Su Jok Therapy. This is a very simple, cost effective therapy that can be learned even by an illiterate. It does not involve any medicines intake, but at the same time we do not ask anyone to give up what ever medical treatment one is following. This is a complementary treatment.
One can get rid of Diabetes, Asthma, Kidney failure, Knee, golf elbow, wrist, heel or any joint pain, Cough & Cold, backache, slip disc, spondolitis, Migraine, Stiff neck, Frozen shoulders, tonsillitis, Vision problems, hearing problems, arthritis, Polyp in nose, sinus, insomnia, ladies problems etc.etc.
Please see our web site address given below.
We wish all NGO's and those interested in helping mankind to come forward and help us in spreading this message of God.
Luthria G B
For information on Sujok Acupressure please visit -  
G B Luthria  
BAPS Swaminarayan Mandir in Dadar organized and hosted a de-addiction exhibition and a free dental camp in May. Over 400 people visited the exhibition and received dental care from 15 experienced dentists. Tel: 24141125, 24144000; Fax:  24141074; 
HSBC organised a Helping Hands Mela from Oct 11 - 16 at their Chembur branch opposite Basant Cinema. The Helen Keller Institute for Deaf and Deaf Blind, CRY, National Association for the Blind and BNHS put up stalls. The articles on sale included diyas, bags and greeting cards. Manjular Singh, power vantage officer of HSBC, says, “This is part of HSBC's effort to do their bit for society.”
A free dental check-up camp was organised on Oct 16 at the Gokhale School Hall on Shimpoli Road. This was part of the Oral Health Month campaign by Colgate Palmolive and Indian Dental Association (IDA).
The BSES MG Hospital on SV Road organised an osteoporosis check-up camp on Oct 15 and 16. Call 5697 0707 extn. 1213 / 1216 to register themselves. 
Half-day Seminar: First Step in Writing
Date: October 13, 2004 WednesdayTiming: 1:45 pm to 5:45 pm (Tea Break from 3:45 to 4:00)
Suitable for: All those interested in improving their writing. You need to be a writer first to become a technical writer. Objective: to take your first step to becoming a technical writer. If you are confident about your writing skills, please do NOT attend.
Seminar Contents: The Writing Process, How to use Words Carefully, Reading Indices, Tips from Elements of Writing, Tips from Chicago Manual of Style.
Trainer: Gurudutt R. Kamath, MA in English Literature, Diploma in Journalism, Diploma in Book Publishing, 25 years of experience as journalist and technical
writer. Visiting faculty at some of the top institutions and companies.
Location: Multi-Dimension Training and Service Center, Shop 12, Vasant Sagar Yamuna, Thakur Village, Kandivli East, Mumbai 400101.
Directions to come: Take the D-Mart road from Thakur Cinema. Turn left and cross a few shops. You will see the Multi-Dimension Center. (You get share rickshaws from Kandivili East to Thakur College/Samata Nagar or take Bus Numbers: 287 or 209) Fees: Rs.300 (Introductory fee)
Registration process: Send an email to
Instructions: Please be punctual. Please get your own note-book and pen.
I look forward to seeing you at the seminar.
Gurudutt R. Kamath
Next half-day seminar: First Step in FrameMaker (fees: Rs.500) (Watch out for announcement. Do NOT enquire.)
  Ramleela at Chowpatty 13th Oct onwards
I invite participation in this great event held for 10 days at Chowpatty beach and Shivaji park. Few lakh people come over 10 days. You can participate by
Mumbai Marathon Meeting - 9th Oct
Many of you might remember the 1st Standard Chartered Mumbai International Marathon on February 15, 2004. This was the first time a marathon of this scale and size was held in India. It was the largest marathon in Asia. Through GiveIndia, approx. Rs 52 lacs was channelled. Over 1,000 people ran for a cause. Some individuals raised pledges as high as Rs. 7 lacs. Some NGOs raised 5-10 lacs! All in less than 1 month's effort, and the event provided great visibility for all organisations.

Plans are now opening for the 2nd Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon which will be held on January 16, 2005. It is going to be a bigger fundraiser as the main focus is going to be Charity, with a target of raising Rs 5 crores. Procam (event oganisers) and Standard Chartered Bank are giving Charity a major push.This is a great opportunity for NGOs to raise funds. The 3 specially designed packages planned for next year’s marathon are •The Dream Team (150 individuals to raise Rs.1 lakh each) •The Corporate Challenge (50 companies to have 30 employees each and raise Rs. 3 lakh) and •Pledgers United (3000 individuals x Rs. 5000 each).

The Mumbai Marathon will be a day to remember. Spectators will line the course, cheering the runners. The roads are being officially closed for four hours. In addition to live coverage by ESPN- Star and Doordarshan, the event will be featured on every major news channel in India. Well-known film, music and sports celebrities will be there. But remember, we have only so many hands, and only so much that we can do for you. So here’s an opportunity for you to join in the fun and fundraise in the process!

To help you understand these opportunities better, we’re holding a special meeting on Saturday 9th of October, at National Association for the Blind, 11 Khan Gaffar Khan Road, on Worli Seaface, Next to PNB Bank, Mumbai, at 11:00am. Mr Vivek Singh, Director of Procam International and the Event Promoter, and Mr Neel Chatterjee, VP-Corporate Communications of Standard Chartered Bank, will be there to talk to you.

Don’t miss out on this wonderful opportunity! The meeting will have seats for only 40 organisations, so please register quickly! Please contact Jasmine Wadhawan at 0-98200 80392 to register and ensure that you’re there.

A concert planned for the month of October 2004 - sponsor needed for Rs.45,000/- Annual Exhibition and Sale of the children's work to be held on 9th and 10th December 2004 Graduation of the Students who have completed the 5-year Polytechnic course
Project Management Course by Yuva in collaboration with MDF, South Asia, 11-21 October at YUVA Centre, Kharghar. Fee Rs. 46,000. 20 participants only. Contact: Sophy Kurian 24116393
Training Program for Social Work for Volunteers July 29 - Oct 4. Tata ISS. 25563290 x 373
Rotary Club Of Hill South is organizing a program for senior citizen sponsored by Rampasad Ruia for free check up at :
Date : Sunday, 3rd October 2004
Time : 9 am to 1 pm, Health check camps continued till 5 pm
Venue : Amar Gian Grover Auditorium (Air Conditioned)
Lala Lajpat Rai College, Haji Ali, and Nr Race Course & Nr. Mahalaxmi
Rly. Station.
Lunch : Mini Lunch will be served 1 pm ( Tea on arrival & Afternoon)
Senior citizen who are interested to take advantages of the camp please contact Ram Prasad Ruia and enroll your name.
Tel No: (O) :22041183
(M) : 98201 22211
Ramprasad Ruia
Reef Watch Marine Conservation (RWMC) Mumbai, is a NGO working on marine and coastal conservation issues.

Join RWMC and thousands of volunteers
– including schools and community groups, the NCC, families, celebrities, water sports clubs, environmental groups, and concerned individuals for this One Day Event.

Simply step out on 2nd October to a designated beach at Chowpatty, Juhu, Bandra, Worli, and Carter Road and pick up the litter and debris you see lying around.. Disposal Bins will be placed at strategic points.

Participating in the Ocean Day Campaign is a positive, pro-active way to show that you value clean and healthy oceans. You’ll be amazed at what you can accomplish in one day. You’ll be surprised at what you learn about yourself, your neighbors, and your environment.

RWMC needs volunteers in Mumbai and elsewhere in an ongoing manner for various activities.

Read more about RWMC at
Your gracious presence is cordially solicited at Samarpan an evening of Songs, Dances, Fashion Show and loads of excitement. Kindly make it convenient to attend it with family and help us make this Samarpan a success.

Date : October 10, 2004, Time : 6 p.m. on wards, Venue : MMRDA Grounds, Bandra Kurla Complex, Mumbai 400 051

We are hoping to see you with your family.

Thank You.
Avenues 2004 - Oct 9 and 10

Avenues is the annual business festival of IIT Bombay. Initiated by The Entrepreneurship Cell, IIT Bombay and Shailesh J Mehta School of Management, Avenues has today grown to be the only business and innovation festival of its kind in India. It is scheduled on the October 9 and 10, 2004. The spirit of Avenues lies in active interaction between academia and the corporate world. It provides the perfect platform for budding entrepreneurs to apply their skills to various management fields.

Avenues 2004 comprises of brain tickling competitions, workshops, debates, seminars and lectures, panel discussion, simulation games and much more. It will give students a never before chance to meet and hear directly from the stalwarts and renowned entrepreneurs such as Mr. Ajay Piramal, Chairman and MD, Piramal Enterprises, Mr. Dilip Chhabria of well known design house DC.

Certificate programme in public communication and fundraising 2004

MCC announces its third certificate programme in public communication and fundraising, to be conducted 4 22 October 2004.

The course is aimed at voluntary organisations wanting to build a constituency of support within Indian society. It is also for people who would like to work as communicators and fundraisers in voluntary organisations.

The MCC programme will train young people over a period of three weeks during which they will learn the basics of communication and fundraising, and apply it to the needs of their organisation. On completion of the programme, they will either be absorbed by the
organisation that has sponsored them; or, if they have sponsored themselves, will find placements in the expanding demand for these skills in the voluntary sector.

Three months after the course, a week has been scheduled for follow-up and evaluation.


4 – 22 October 2004; 17-21 January 2004

The programme contains six modules. For three weeks, classes will be conducted at the MCC training centre in Bangalore, following which the student will go back to his or her own voluntary organisation and implement specific assignments. Individuals not attached to any
organisation will be placed at a voluntary organisation decided by MCC.

Classes will be interspersed with discussions, seminars, field visits, debates, hands-on exercises and guest lectures. MCC faculty will keep in touch with the students during their three-month internship.


MCC will issue a certificate on successful completion of the programme.


The total course fee is Rs 20,000. This will cover faculty, facilities and course materials. The fees can be paid in two instalments: Rs 10,000 at the time of registration and Rs 10,000 on the orientation day. In case of individuals, the cost of training will be shared by the individual and the organisation where she or he is placed. Travel and accommodation is not part of the fees mentioned above. Who should enroll for this programme

Persons who are or who want to work in communications and fundraising for a voluntary organisation

Arts, Mass Communications or Journalism graduates, who wish to work in the voluntary sector in communications and fundraising

Young graduates with experience in advertising, journalism, public relations, marketing and social work

We are looking for individuals with positive personalities and possessing good people skills.
Candidates must have a keen interest in working with the voluntary sector, though prior experience in the sector is not required. Good spoken and written English is essential.


The faculty includes MCC staff, experienced voluntary sector fundraisers, and media and advertising professionals.

MCC's core faculty includes

Murray Culshaw - Former director of Oxfam in India, Murray has 30 years of experience in the voluntary sector, predominantly in India – in managing development initiatives; formulating policy and programme priorities; advising on institutional development; evaluating project plans for financial resource agencies and in developing communications and fundraising strategies.

Bharati Ramachandran - Head of consulting at MCC, Bharati has over seven years of experience in writing and editing, in newspapers, magazines, as well as print and online publications, such as The Telegraph, BusinessWorld and Encyclopaedia Britannica. Bharati specialises in creative communication and information architecture and produced a wide range of communication material for voluntary organisations.

Nisha Purushothaman - Head of training, Nisha has an MS in Communications and has trained voluntary organisations in the basics of communications and fundraising and skills for preparing communication materials like interesting annual reports, brochures, newsletters and direct mail packages. Nisha is reponsible for planning and conducting MCC's wide range of training programmes.

Ranjini Victor - Co-ordinator of MCC's training programmes, Ranjini has a background in English
literature and has conducted research on various aspects of the voluntary sector in India like patterns of giving in religious institutions and profiling voluntary organisations.

For registration, please get in touch with

Head of Training
MCC - Murray Culshaw Consulting
2nd Floor, Vijay Kiran Building,
314/1, 7th Cross, Domlur Layout
Bangalore 560 071

Tel: 080-2535 2003 / 5115 0582

Invitation to THIRD NGO Meet at BSE
Thanks for being a part of our successful programmes for NGOs viz., "NGOs - A Strategic perspective", and "A Rethinking-Corporate Fund Raising".

Having shared a lot of information through the first two workshops, it is our endeavor to continue contributing much more to the NGO fraternity for overall social and economic development.

Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), as you are aware, is an institution sensitive to the emerging social needs and is being looked upon increasingly as a socially responsible organization. The BSE's CSR projects are woven around the theme "Economic Empowerment through Education", where education is sparking curiosity and creative thinking and a life long journey of personal discovery.

In line with its objectives, the Exchange takes great pride in announcing its THIRD Corporate Social Responsibility programme for NGOs titled " Micro-Credit - A positive hope for Self Help Groups ".

The topics to be covered are :
1. Introduction of Micro Credit
2. Introduction of Self Help Group Development Scheme
3. Definition of SHG & its functions
4. Formation of SHG and Role of NGOs
5. Micro-Credit : A detailed analysis.

The program will begin with a 10 min Introduction on Rural Rejunuvetion from ISHA YOGA. The schedule of the workshop is as follows.

Time : From 10 a.m. to 1.00 p.m., followed by lunch
Date : Saturday, 25th September, 2004
Venue : "Nirakar", The BSE Training Institute, 21st floor, P.J. Towers, Dalal Street, Mumbai-23
Fee : Rs.200/- per participant. The fee is inclusive of tea and lunch

Looking forward to your participation.
Kindly confirm your participation to the undersigned vide mail / tel. by the 20th of September 2004.

With warm regards,
KL Narasimhan
Ph : 98195 55370
Mail :,


Jeevan Sakpal
Ph : 98191 92704

R I District 3140
Rotary Service Centre, Rotary Chowk, Juhu Tara Road, Santacruz (West) MumbaiI - 400 049
Tel : [+91 22] 2660 9847 Telefax : 2660 7217
Website : Email : R.I. Theme, 2004-2005

*R I President : Glenn Estess Sr. * Dist. Governor : Rahul Timbadia * President : Robin Nath * Secretary: Madhu Narang

After successfully organising VOICE 2004 conference jointly with Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies in January 2004, Rotary Club of Bombay West is now planning a series of workshops to empower Voluntary Service Organisations so as to meet the challenges in the changed scenario during last eight months. The first workshop is planned on the important aspect of the Fund raising. The object of the workshop is to provide an introduction as also a veritable roadmap for understanding the voluntary sector in India and effectively mobilizing resources.
The workshop will be conducted by Mr. Noshir H. Dadrawala who has been involved with the voluntary sector for the last two decades and is the author of “The Art of Successful Fundraising”. Mr. Noshir Dadrawala is Executive Secretary of the Centre for Advancement of Philanthropy, an organisation specializing in areas of charity law, finance, management, taxation, resource mobilization and human resource development. He is a Fellow of the Centre for the Study of Philanthropy (1990), which is affiliated to the Graduate School and University Centre of the City University of New York. He has authored several resource books including, 'Hand Book on Administration of Trusts', The Art of Fund-Raising', 'Investment Opportunities for Charitable Organizations', 'Management of Philanthropic Organizations' and Merchants of Philanthropy. He also edits since 1987, 'Philanthropy', the journal of the Centre for Advancement of Philanthropy and he is a regional contributing editor of the 'International Journal on Non-profit Law'.
The details of workshop is as follows:-
Venue: Sheila Raheja Hall, Rotary Service Centre
Date: Saturday – 9th Oct, 2004
Time: 2.30 p.m
2.30 - 3.00 pm Registration and Tea
3.00 – 4.30 pm "Method and Sources of Fund Raising" by Mr. Noshir Dadrawala
4.30 - 5.00 pm Interactive session and conclusion.
Registration Charges: Rs. 50/- per person
We trust you organization will take advantage of this workshop, which will prove of immense benefit to all concerned.

Please register at your earliest with Mr. Daruwala or Ms. Suchitra:-
Rotary Service Centre, Tel. No.26609847/26607217 Email:
Rtn. Robin Nath Rtn. Mohan Joshi
President Director, Vocational Services

Bombay Chamber is pleased to invite you on August 10 at 6.00 pm for the release function at Hotel Taj of Manual on "HIV/AIDS Management at the Workplace" prepared by Bombay Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

With regards,
Vandana Bhadra
Ms. Vandana Bhadra
Bombay Chamber of Commerce & Industry
Mackinnon Mackenzie Bldg,
Ballard Estate, Mumbai 400 001
Tel : 22614681 Extn : 428
Fax : 22621213

Invitation to ballet by Mallika Sarabhai

Dear All,

Dancer, actress, choreographer Mallika Sarabhai has created a unique show with British-Pakistani composer, writer, singer Samia Mallik, based on their common commitment to issues of human right and women’s freedom with their roots in south Asian lore, song and experiences the two women create a dance-musical theater piece that will stir.

WISE was started in 1992 in order to work with underprivileged young women and girls in urban and rural areas. The young women and girls have, since time immemorial, been deprived of opportunities, economic, social and educational. The mission of WISE is to empower these adolescent girls and young women so that they become confident and productive citizens of the country. WISE provides training focused on making the young women economically independent and self-reliant. Visit for more details on WISE and its programs.
WISE is pleased to invite you for this ballet which will be held at 11am in the auditorium of The Nehru Centre on Sunday 8th August.
Please mail by 5th evening 5pm for your complimentary invite (as that is mandatory requirement to enter).
With faith and goodwill,
Deepak Bhatia
Director - Resource Mobilisation
Tel: 022 26580071 / 72
Join us on July 30th, 2004 for a Public Meeting on
Privatisation of Education & Book Release
Time: 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.,
Venue: Surendra Gavskar Hall, Mumbai Marathi Granth Sangrahalaya, Near Sharda Talkies, Dadar (East), Mumbai – 400 014
We are pleased to invite you for the release of the book by Justice Hosbet Suresh, “ Education: Trade, Profession, Occupation Or Business” and public meeting on Privatisation of education.
Justice Suresh, (Retd) Judge Of Bombay High Court
v Current Scenario On Education
Mr. Jayant Jain – Chairperson, Forum For Fairness In Education
v Exorbitant Fees Structures
Mr. Rayani – President, Janhit
v Aptitude Tests For Admissions
Mr. Sadashivan – Secretary, BUCTU
v Problem of Employees
Dr. Maharudra Dake – General Secretary, SFI – Maharashtra
v Privatisation of education and its impact on students
Mihir Desai – Human Rights Law Network
v Chairperson
(Meeting will be in Hindi)
For more information contact: Rashmi, Deepa, Minu
India Centre For Human Rights And Law: 23436692 / 23439651
Minu Jose

"Great opportunities to help others seldom come, but small ones surround us every day." --Sally Koch