Volunteering is generally considered an altruistic activity where an individual or group provides services for no financial or social gain “to benefit another person, group or organization”.
This is what Belagavi saw in the past week and the same still continuing which is another reason to be happy.
Even before the Administration knew what was happening (it must be known as it must have got distressed calls) but the ones to help first were the Volunteers who had not religion, caste, but were on the ground amidst the water even up to 6 feet deep trying to save life’s and help stranded people in the horrific floods that the district saw last week.
Even before the administration set up relief camps, local Marriage halls opened their doors for the distressed. When the hoteliers heard about people been shifted to these halls and they need food they started providing food.
The word spread like a wildfire and each one came up to help. From the Ganesh Mandals to the group of friends, from temple committees to Masjid committees, from Church to Gurudwara each one had only one thing on mind save the people in distress.
Someone who sold water started supplying water, one who had food supplies gave away some food supplies.
Then there was a need to identify the loss after the houses were washed away and with the City part having access to good help some good Samaritans thought it good to the reach the rural areas where help had not yet reached.
May it be villages in Gokak or the remote villages in Khanapur, they visited the villages ascertained what the villagers needed urgently, then worked on it and set back again in a day supplying whatever they could gather.
The best part was to the speed at which the things were moving, if the govt moved at such pace then it would have been a wonder. But leave it they have lot of paperwork to be done and here it is only emotions.
Each one did their bit for their satisfaction, photo bombing happened but we can ignore that part when the society at large is benefited and benefited in time.
We salute each and everyone who has contributed to this wonderful gesture of companionship and compassion.
You stood together when it was needed, Thanks for all the time and efforts you have taken for making the life of the distressed a bit cheerful.
So Don’t forget to Volunteer for your own city and your nation.