The first beneficiary of compassion is always oneself. When compassion, or warmheartedness, arises in us and our focus shifts away from our own narrow self-interest, it is as if we open an inner door. It reduces fear, boosts confidence and brings us inner strength. By reducing distrust, it opens us to others
and brings us a sense of connection to others, and sense of purpose and meaning in life.
- His Holiness Dalai Lama
After reading Siri post about her visit to Vaidehi Ashram few days ago, my eyes swell. As a girl myself it's hard to picture what these little girls go through.As a regular volunteer for San Jose shelter I know what it means to have a hot breakfast a bed to sleep every day. Every time I visit the Shelter I feel myself grounded in more ways than I can imagine, makes me aware of the blessings I have and to draw a definite line between Want vs. Need. So when Siri announced a fund raising event for Ashram I was MORE than happy to participate/contribute. I am hoping my readers ,friends and family would join and make this fund drive a HUGE success. Read all about the fund raiser, details about the Ashram and ways in which you can be a part right here.
As a mother of two young boys my heart skips a beat when they go out of sight in a mall for few split seconds, or when they sleep hungry or every time they fall and bruise themselves. It’s hard to imagine the atrocities and pain these young girls have endured, brought into existence for no fault of theirs and left on streets to beg, turning them into prostitutes agony these girls must have gone through is unthinkable some as young as two.
As fellow human beings I think we share a collective responsibility in reaching out and helping whenever we can so, please I humbly urge you to open your hearts and your WALLETS and help in ways you can, small drops of rain makes an ocean so every small amount that is donated will surely be put to good use and much appreciated.
Supporting this fund raising effort I am donating a Panini Grill which is up for grabs .There are many ways in which you can be a part of this effort and help.
So how can YOU contribute and win this Panini Press and 40+ other exciting prizes
1. Buy a Raffle Ticket (or 2 or more).
Each raffle ticket is worth $10 (or Rs.500). You can increase your chances of winning the giveaway by buying more than 1 raffle ticket.
For Example, a donation of $20 will fetch you 2 raffle tickets which can be used to choose on any of the raffle prizes. You can use all your raffle tickets on one prize (in turn increasing the chances in the lucky draw) or on different prizes. [Other prizes details in point 3]
2. How to Buy the Raffle Ticket
Use the widget below for making your payment. Once you click it, you will be able to make a payment via Paypal or credit.
Once the donation process is completed, please forward your payment confirmation message to info(dot)siri(at)gmail.com, clearly specifying [RU12 - Panini Press ]
] as the raffle prize you are interested in.
Within 24 hours, your name and contributed amount will be added to the ‘Fund Drive Supporters List’ at the very end of this post. If you want to stay anonymous, please let Siri know in advance. For any correspondence/questions/queries, use the comment section or the email address mentioned.
The fund drive ends on Feb 25th, 2012.
3. Other Raffle Prizes Offered
Quite a lot of beautiful souls have come forward to offer their support to this endeavor by sponsoring other prizes. You can use the same method (as in Step 2) to try your luck with other prizes too. Please refer Siri’s post which has all the details for other Raffle prizes offered..
Spread The Word
Share about this Fund Drive wherever possible - On your blogs, Facebook, Twitter (with hashtag#vaidehiashram) etc. Let your friends and family know about it. Please feel free to use any images and information posted in the Ashram posts below, to make your voice heard. Any help in any form in making this event a success is very much appreciated. :-)
Lets give these girls a hope and show them that world is not all bad but of generous souls that are compassionate enough to care.
Rest assured your funds are going to put to good use. Would end this post with a quote from Bhagwat Geeta which sums up this effort so well.
“Rasksho Raskshati Raskshita” ~ care and you shall be cared for.