Support your favourite team and an Akshaya Patra beneficiary by buying a #TicketToCheer! This initiative which is supported by ESPNcricinfo, foodpanda and freecharge allows fans to show their love for cricket, their spirit of sportsmanship and their desire to end childhood hunger in India. Supporters can purchase a ticket and as a result feed one child the mid-day meal for an entire year.
To support this initiative which is in aid of Akshaya Patra, all one needs to do is:
- Log onto #TicketToCheer, and select the team and match you are rooting for
- Choose the number of tickets to purchase – Each ticket value is Rs, 750, the amount to feed a child the Akshaya Patra mid-day meal for a year
- Receive the personalised Ticket To Cheer
- Share this ticket on social media
The #TicketToCheer programme provides a platform for fans to celebrate the world cup and express their support for Akshaya Patra’s programme via social media. In addition to this, the contributions are eligible for a 100% tax exemption for amounts above Rs. 500/-
However TicketToCheer is a social media initiative to address the common love for the cricket world cup and Akshaya Patra’s cause. It does not provide access to the ongoing world cup.
Log onto #TicketToCheer to support your favourite team and feed a child now.
The Rourkela kitchen in Odisha had a special guest recently. Narendra Singh Tomar, Union Minister of Steel, Mines, Labour and Employment accompanied by other dignitaries visited the Akshaya Patra kitchen on 2nd February 2015. They were welcomed by Pancharatna Dasa, the Vice President of Akshaya Patra – Odisha, and then taken on a tour of the kitchen.
After completing the tour where the entire Akshaya Patra operations process was explained, Mr Tomar gave a written testimonial of the work the Foundation is doing through the mid-day meal programme. He wrote, “The Akshaya Patra Foundation is an honourable project… 57,000 school children are getting benefitted out of this program which is supported by Rourkela Steel Plant. Best wishes.”
The dignitaries accompanying Mr Tomar included the Chairman of SAIL, C S Verma; Director (Technical) of SAIL, K K Mohanty; Director (Projects), T Suresh; CEO of Rourkela Steel Plant (RSP), G S Prasad; and General Manager (I/C), P&A, RSP, P K Pradhan.
The Rourkela kitchen was constructed due to the donation of The Steel Authority of India (SAIL) Rourkela Steel Plant (RSP) who donated over Rs. 8 crore to Akshaya Patra as part of their CSR programme. The Rourkela kitchen today reaches out to Akshaya Patra beneficiaries across over 400 schools in the region.
Nausheen is a student of class nine in the Zilla Parishad High School in Telangana, a beneficiary school of the Akshaya Patra mid-day meal programme. Though she is so young she is already a very emotionally mature and compassionate young lady. She does extremely well in class and already knows what her ambition is. “I want to become a lecturer. I love Hindi language and I want to become a good teacher to my students,” she says.
Part of what Nausheen also loves about school is the Akshaya Patra mid-day meal. “I love the khichdi (rice and lentils) served by Akshaya Patra,” she exclaims.
Nausheen’s older sister, Afreen, also studies at the same school in class ten. Her sister lives with an ailment of the hand that prevents her from being able to move the limb. This affliction has caused her so much upset that often she refuses to eat the Akshaya Patra lunch provided at the school in case her classmates make fun of her.
Nausheen, at such a young age, has already taken on the responsibilities of helping her mother and sister with their chores, with compassion.
On hearing Nausheen and her sister’s story we were moved to take assurances from the teachers of the school that efforts would be made to make Afreen more comfortable. We hope that she has the opportunity to feel happy and settled, enjoying Akshaya Patra’s mid-day meal served hot on the school campus.