Ranchi floats Jammu & Kashmir flood fund

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Ranchi: A host of social, religious, academic, medical and commercial establishments in Jharkhand’s capital city Ranchi have floated collection centres for relief materials that will be routed to hundreds and thousands stranded in Jammu and Kashmir, which is grappling with the worst flood in five decades.
Some of the total 50 kiosks — inviting “generous donations” in cash or kind (medicines, food, clothes, et al) — are housed at hotels like Capitol Hill, hyper markets like Big Bazaar, educational institutions like Gurunanak School and St Xavier’s College, heal hubs like Orchid Hospital and social, religious and trade addresses such as Agrasen Bhavan, Lions Club, Durga Mandir and the FJCCI office.
Fun and food joints like Aqua World near Raj Bhavan and Kaveri Restaurant on Main Road have also joined the noble bandwagon.
Together christened Kashmir Flood Relief, which is raising a “call for humanity”, the project is the brainchild of an individual, Mohit Chopra, who heads the Leo Club of Ranchi.
“Our 50 centres started collecting relief items two days ago. We will continue the drive till Thursday (September 18) after which the aid will be sent to Jammu and Kashmir by September 20,” Chopra said.
He modestly added that the relief project was being jointly organised by Lions Club of Ranchi, Youth for Environment, Centre for Art and Cultural Exchange and Art of Living Foundation, besides Leo Club.
Satish Chandra Mishra, food and beverage manager of Capitol Hill, said guests were helping with donations in both cash and kind. “So far, we have collected warm clothes, candles, flour, lentils and medicines, besides money.”
St Xavier’s College claimed cash donations, besides shoes, grocery items and candles. “We have appealed to students and everyone else to come forward and help the flood victims. Response has been positive,” said college principal Father N. Tete.
Echoing Tete, third-year arts student Rajni Sinha added: “We are mostly receiving cash and we are urging people to donate food items and clothes too.”

Author Arti Sahuliyar

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