The colour of Holi seeps in... For Manoj Chaudhari
by Ranju Khurana
This year rain was predicted and our event was supposed to start at 2 PM, but the temperature was still decent. Guess what? It started raining at 2 PM on the dot. We were a bit apprehensive at first, but the rain stopped around 2:45 (didn't I just say that mother nature is always good to us?), and everything went well after that. 2 days before the event, we had been preparing many treats such as cookies, brownies, mango kalakand, samosas and of course chai. Another friend of mine always arranges for a professional music system for the event. Therefore we were able to play some traditional Holi music to get everyone in the spirit. We provided the color as well (no water colors because of the weather). The children and the adults were totally in the spirit of Holi and fundraising, and everyone enjoyed. I gave a short informational talk on what Sunshine does and how people here can support the cause. Then we had a fun round of Antakshari. Crowd was little bit less because of the weather but we still had loads of entertainment. We ask people to donate for the cause (although a donation is never required). Some friends mailed checks even though they could not come. The event is fun and frolic and a way to give back.
The colour of Holi has taken such a hold that now we all look forward to organizing this event every year. We also feel extremely satisfied after this experience. We want to do a lot of things for Sunshine, but I guess every journey starts with a small step, and this is our baby step toward a big sprint in the future. Thanks to our volunteers Vaishali, Vasavi, Shruti, Deepa, Preethi, Shalini, Kirti, Niharika, Anitha, Rama, Ruby , all kid volunteers and everyone else who come to support our event every year.
This year, we plan to donate the money in memory of our dear friend Manoj Chaudhari to celebrate the wonderful life he had.