Our first fund raising event was a raddi collection and sale drive at a residential society in Versova, Mumbai. With the help of a few volunteers, we dedicated a Sunday in October 2015 to collecting newspapers, plastic and metal from the houses of the people in the society, which we eventually sold to the raddi wala in the area to raise funds for the kids.
We discussed with the residents what their raddi sale money would be used for and were pleasantly surprised by the cooperation of many residents. That is not to say that there weren’t people who slammed doors on our faces as well – but it was quite a humbling experience to be doing this.
We raised about Rs 5000 from this one-day drive, which helped us kick-start the process of sending 8 kids back to school.