United Way Bengaluru in association with AMD have been supporting the holistic needs of 25 senior citizens which include nutritious meals, 24/7 health care facilities and recreational activities.
In addition, the senior citizens are being trained in various income generation activities like candle making, broom making, paper bag making and tailoring.
Around twenty corporate volunteers and six senior leaders participated in the various activities the inmates of the old age home undertake on a day to day basis. They were extremely happy with the ambience, facilities and the overall positive vibe of the center.
The meet began with an ice breaking session initiated by Mr Manish Michael, Executive Director of UWBe. The session began with the rain clap mimicking the day’s rainy weather followed by self-introduction and sharing the meaning of his/ her name.
It was an invigorating start followed by the fun musical chair game between the volunteers, inmates and intellectually challenged young children living in a hostel within the same premises.
On the occasion, Mark Papermaster, CTO and SVP at AMD said, “We are extremely happy to be in a partnership with United Way Bengaluru. With all the technological advances we have achieved as a company, we as a team also wish to give back to our community. We look forward to partnering on more such initiatives.”
Gurudutt, aged 83, who worked as a professor in his younger days shared thought provoking words of wisdom. Having being abandoned by his family for being unable to fulfill their never ending materialistic demands, he said, “Please be content with whatever you have in your life. It’s understandable to have certain expectations in life but don’t be greedy.”
Lakshmamma, another inmate who is 80 years old and living here for the past one year is extremely glad with the support she receives, “I’m childless and lived with my husband in a rented house. I used to work in a temple for most of my life as a cleaner. When I fell sick people, people advised me to join this home as I was unable to look after myself and my husband. My husband went on to live with his relatives while I came here. I love it here. We are looked after very well and live as one big family.”
Kalyani an employee who volunteered said, “I’m so happy that I got a chance to participate in the various activities. I have never done anything like this before. I thank my company for giving us this wonderful opportunity. I would definitely love to volunteer in the future too.”
Nehal, lead volunteer who was instrumental in organizing the meet gave the vote of thanks. The meet ended with food and hot beverages and everyone departed with a resolve to work even more closely with the aged and the underprivileged.