SOCCER FOR CHILD RIGHTS: A MEMORABLE DAY IN MY DIARY

St. John Bosco has rightly stated “It’s not enough to love the children, it is necessary that they are aware that they are loved” I had been a part of this event right from the when the idea was introduced to volunteers and was very excited right from the beginning. Soccer for Child Rights provided me the chance to create memories and be a part, a significant one, of a gradual attempt towards changing the lives of children. This event was one of its kind and I was lucky to have been given this opportunity to be part of something that had a goal of influencing and improving the situation of children in hope of a better future for them.

We started actively participating in this event once the tickets were out and we were charged with booklets of our own in order to sell them that would spread the word about the event and act as fundraiser in the meantime. In this process, I witnessed the general attitude of people towards social events and I garnered a mixed response from the people I approached to sell the tickets. I went around selling tickets in my office, my apartment society and a few other places, approaching people of all age groups. Unaware of the changes this experience was bringing in me, I went around talking to people about our event and got both encouraging and discouraging response. This experience eliminated my fear of talking to people and gave me the confidence of being an extrovert and being good at it.

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On the D-Day  I was tasked with the responsibility of capturing the moments in the game and interviewing the teams and getting their invaluable response. We reached the grounds at the given time and were preparing ourselves for what could have been a hectic day. The joy and excitement on the face of the volunteers added to our enthusiasm and propelled our energy levels to the maximum.

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We started with Verizon as they were getting ready for their first match. It was wonderful to know that Soccer for Child Rights was in a way responsible for getting some of the players back in the game of football. It had been quite sometime since some of their players had put on the studs to get to the field. Both the teams of Verizon were excited to be a part of this iconic event and were positive about giving a healthy competition to their opponents. We moved on to interview Filpkart after their first win against Geberit. They were all pumped as they had won the game by a huge margin of 4-0, making their intentions pretty clear that they were the favorites rights from the first kick. We moved on to Brandnomer, Northern Trust, Microland, BT, Digicall, Mercedes-Benz, SCSTEDS, ORACLE, Practo, Infosys, Ezzy Group, Ernst and Young and PWC. Throughout the sequence of interviews, what was intriguing and motivating at the same time was the sense of responsibility in the team members and the pride they felt in mentioning that they were a part of an event such as Soccer for child Rights. We were complemented for having conducted a first of its kind of a soccer match without any delays in the schedule of the matches by all the teams in unison. The agility of the volunteers, the enthusiasm of the teams and the brilliant planning efforts put in by the CRY management led to the success of Soccer for Child Rights and ensured that an event of this scale should keep on happening in the future.

Individually, the experience I gathered after the event was really motivating as it encouraged me to be a be a part of something bigger and towards the end I would just like to conclude by saying that “Being a part of Soccer for Child Rights made me happy”.

Sumit Kumar (CRY Volunteer, Bangalore)

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