PAINTING SMILES !

The morning of 19th June was something of a colourful and fun affair.

Two organisations came together to hold a fundraiser for Florida English Medium School, located in Padrayanapura, Bangalore.

Started in 1999, the school, caters to students from low income families in it’s neighbourhood. The school building was unkempt and in dire need of renovation.This necessity was identified by Mantra4change an NGO operating locally, who then approached Ivyplus network.

Ivy Plus Network is a platform for Indian alumni from top global universities. Swati Sahni, founder of Ivy Plus said,”We were fortunate to receive good education in good institutions, but there are some who are not so fortunate. We live in an unjust society where not everyone gets a fair shot at life. We at Ivy Plus believe that we can use our advantage to help those in need, and give back to the society.”

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The project lacked the funds to make it a success. Realizing the issue at hand, Ivy Plus  turned towards Impact Guru, an online crowdfunding platform to raise funds effectively.The organizers of the event, set up an online fundraiser on the platform. Once the fundraiser was live and running, donations started trickling in almost immediately.  

Donation tickets, that were worth INR 1200 each were sold to the donors. This ticket would give the donors an opportunity to join the organizers for a full day of fun and painting!

The funds raised, would cover the expense of buying paints and employing professional painters.The organizing members, and the donors would later paint designs and educational symbols over the base coat.

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The total cost of the entire project was INR 60,000. Even so, the fundraiser received overwhelming response, and raised Rs.74,000, going well beyond the target amount!

For the final event 20 volunteers were expected to be present. However over 40 volunteers turned up and joined IvyPlus in action. The volunteers included graphic designers who let their creativity take over and helped design the motifs and symbols that were supposed to go upon the walls. Ivy Plus member Natasha Hemdev said, “We made the event as fun as possible for everyone. We decided to designate each wall to a few volunteers and they could claim ownership over any wall of their choice! The graphic designers were of great assistance, and made sure every wall had the most perfect pictures and patterns.” Many of the school teachers and senior students also came forward to be a part of the event. “The principal of the school was actively involved in the entire project, and helped us with all necessary arrangements” added Natasha. Together they spruced up the walls with vibrant colours.

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By the end of the day, the tired volunteers were treated to a wonderful meal that was sponsored by ‘The Waverly Hotels’ and also rewarded with cool t-shirts for their participation.

Natasha Hemdev added, Ivy Plus is always looking for opportunities to engage in such activities that have a positive effect on the society.

In all, the event was a major success and managed to accomplish what it set out for, that is: Paint smiles!

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