Below is an appeal received from our good friend Hoshaang Gotla who runs the amazing kids program XYZ in Mumbai
Dear members of the community,
Our organisation – XYZ is organising a MAD Initiative (Making A Difference) called XYZ STEPPING FORWARD which is a Shoe Collection Drive on Sunday, 2nd October 2016.
Our Xtremely Young Zoroastrians along with friends, family and well-wishers will be going to 21 different colonies and baugs in the city only between 9:30 am and 12:30 pm to collect all types of footwear, i.e. shoes, slippers, sandals etc. which are in wearable condition. If you do not have anything to donate, we are also accepting donations of Rs. 200 for a new pair of shoes for the needy.
These shoes will then be sorted and sent to NGOs like Hamara Footath, Greensole, Angel Xpress Foundation, Oscar Foundation and others to be distributed to people in need and improve their lives.
We at XYZ are overjoyed that so many baugs, colonies, gymkhanas and associations are helping this cause and also appreciates the support of the Scout Groups and other organisations. We especially thank the PARSI TIMES for spreading the message to all their readers over the last month. We hope that the children of our small community bind us together and work as one to make a huge difference to the people in need.
While reading this message, we want you to know that you can also help in any of the 3 following ways:
Please give as many pairs of shoes as you can. Please tie the shoes with a rubber band or string and hand it over to the kids or drop it off at the collection centers.
A donation in cash or cheque can also be made for new shoes.
Make the conscious decision to come down to your colony and help with the collection process for only 1 or 2 hours.
If you are unable to do the above, we still hope that you can forward this message to others in the community and Make A Difference.
This may be an XYZ Initiative but we hope that every Zoroastrian comes together and makes a change as you too are an Xtremely Young Zoroastrian within. This is not about your social or civic responsibility. This is about Being Better Parsis.