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Clothes, cycles and charity

DECCAN CHRONICLE
Published Sep 9, 2015, 9:10 am IST
Updated Mar 27, 2019, 9:48 pm IST
Effortless planning was done in three days and executed in four days
Students behind the initiative. From left, seated, Anshuman, Anuraag and Suman. Standing, Surya, Srujana and Krishna
 Students behind the initiative. From left, seated, Anshuman, Anuraag and Suman. Standing, Surya, Srujana and Krishna

Students of IIT-Hyderabad prior to their fest Elan have always been organising social events but this year, they aimed higher. They went around the Ordnance Factory Estate and collected over 10,000 clothes for donation. This weekend, they will be donating them at a slum near Kukatpally and orphanages in Secunderabad.

But the interesting part is the effortless planning that was done in three days and executed in four days. “We collected information and then divided the work,” says Krishna Kanth Mundada. Once information was in place, the plan began.

For four days last month, students went around 1,500 homes. “We had 60 volunteers, all divided into four teams. One team went from door-to-door collecting clothes, another team went around in cycles delivering clothes from the site to the college, the third team collected clothes from the college and then took them to the hostel, where the fourth team sorted the clothes for men, women and children,” says Anuraag Jonnalagadda, who is the social cause coordinator.

“This time we wanted to go beyond the boundaries of IIT-H. We took help from the NSS unit in our college,” says Krishna Kanth.

Even the reaction from the residents was “awesome”. “Some of them offered us green tea, others even offered us dinner! There were three-four bags of clothes coming out of each home and a few of them even came in their vehicles to help us drop the bags of clothes,” says Anuraag.

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