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Pay it forward this festive season  with cause-based events and activities

IT’s never too late to pay it forward. And even though it’s just a couple of weeks before the year ends, you can still play your part in making a difference. Many organisations in the city are conducting cause-based activities, and you are welcome to pitch in. While the Overseas Womens’ Club recently conducted a fundraising ball at ITC Grand Chola, later this month, two marathons will aim to change the lives of tribal people in Arugunam, and spread awareness about breast cancer, respectively. The following are our picks of other cause-based events in the city. Join in and play your part.

Group Of School Children Singing In Choir Together
Spilling the beans
Nothing beats playing Secret Santa with a group of smiling children. That’s exactly what you can expect at The English Tearoom, where a special Christmas party is being conducted. Organised by Farhana and Deepa, the event will see 22 children from the Vinayagam Childcare Orphanage in Kolathur, accompanied by three of their teachers and other volunteers, trying out their hands in a bunch of games. They will also get gifts, takeaway bags with chocolates, and other goodies. On Sunday, 3 pm to 5 pm. At The Event Hall in The English Tearoom, Alwarpet. Details: 24996499
Ink and toys
It’s time for the Gratitude Festival by the city-based group Oyster Kids, and you must not miss it. Children who will be participating in this event will be singing along together, while using their gift-wrapping skills to decorate their favourite presents. There will also be tattoo artists at hand,
making elaborate designs on the children, apart from other activities. You can also bring in second-hand toys and dresses to donate to lesser-
privileged children. On Sunday, 3.30 pm to 8.30 pm. At Oyster Kids, Alwarpet. Details: oysterkids.co.in
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City-based outdoors adventure company Tame–Tent N Trek has some novel plans to keep our city beautiful. If you have an eye for street art, then this is for you. The organisation is calling people to take part in a Paint the Street campaign, where participants will first clean select streets in the city and then paint them with designs of their choice. The programme is expected to last for five hours, and is a brilliant opportunity for budding artists to showcase their skills with the brush in the name of keeping the city clean. Register for Rs 200 (optional). Send a WhatsApp message worded—I’m Hero (your name)—to 9500407464 and get registered. Details: tentntrek.com
Sing along
City-based A to Zee Creativity is hosting a special Christmas show for a cause. Owner Shaan Katari, who is also a lawyer, says that
activities at their yearly Christmas show include handing gifts to children, singing with them, and so on. “We also conduct skits
and conduct games for the kids too,” she says. Last year, they conducted skits based on short stories like Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. “We raised Rs 2.5 lakh for The Sugun Thomas Foundation last year,” she reveals. Other organisations who have benefited from their activities include Guild of Service and Blue Cross. Details: atozeecreativity.blogspot.in

— Karan Pillai

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