Music, Merchandise and more Mish-Mash

1) Our first-ever Benefit Concert rocked
Come 23rd March 2014 and Angel Xpress team had a palpable energy. The first ever benefit concert was amongst many firsts that we have had this year. And the events that led to the concert signaled good times that lay ahead.

A chance meeting with the Blue Frog team saw them generously offering their space for a charity fundraiser. Swarathama animatedly laid out their plans and Ayush Shrestha said yes to open the show with his buoyant, peppery tunes. Union Bank of India and Jay Bhatia of Tulsidas Khimjee helped with the air travel for the band. And our fundraiser concert was born. Friends, family and Swarathama fans came in large numbers to lend support. A surprise addition of Bindhumalini Narayanaswamy as a guest artist transported us to an enchanting land.

The delightful event on 23rd March coincided with the birthday of our dear founder Anubha Sharma and made the evening more joyous and memorable.

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2) We enjoyed Happy Meals, of a different kind
When Team Bhooka Janta also picked 23rd March for their Project Meal for Happiness, the same day as Swarathma’s gig and our founder’s birthday, we knew angels up there were up to some round-the-clock celebrations!

The event began with a science show by Science Utsav. Chaavat Boys from India’s Dancing Superstar took over the stage soon after for some full-on entertainment. Lilan Mendis taught some superstar Rajni Sir moves with Lungi Dancing. For 250 of our kids, this was one Sunday morning with happy times and happier tummies.

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3) We made a friendly appearance on a superhit TV show
The team of Taarak Mehta ka Ooltah Chashmah chanced upon our work through our Santacruz Evening Center Manager, Meenal Sata. They loved the thought behind our NGO so much that our vision and volunteers got featured in a prime time episode on Sab TV, 5th March 2014.

This was a perfect coming together of two initiatives that cut across society to spread the message of peace and joy. Now phones keep ringing and people drop by our centers with a desire to volunteer. With word spreading through shows like this, here’s to more children getting a chance to grow up in a more sensitive society.   

4) Our kids got expert coaching from Tata Consulting Engineers
Tata Consulting Engineers Ltd (TCE) connected with us with a desire to volunteer but had limited time on hand. We thought why not take up the offer and let them guide our children one-on-one for their upcoming final examination.

No sooner, 25 TCE employees were eagerly answering every curious question, patiently solving each problem and importantly helping children focus on conceptual-learning rather than dashing straight to answers on two consecutive days.The children were simply delighted to receive individual attention and special guidance right before their finals began.

 As TCE would tell you, and we hope more corporate houses will soon do too, there is nothing quite as stress-busting and fruitful as involvement with kids and seeing them flower under your tutelage.  

5) Our trendy merchandise is up for grabs
Woohoo! We have been invited as an NGO partner at the Style Cracker Borough exhibition which is the most stylish curated popup market. The event promises to be an epic day (and night) of fun, fashion, eats and treats.

So why not plan the weekend and drop by to see us at Palladium, Lower Parel, 5th April, Saturday, 10am - 12pm. 
6) A good thing must get wings
With the Andheri East and West centers starting this April, we hope to reach out to nearly 700 children through our open air centers. Our Andheri East center is being supported by Welspun Renewable Energy Pvt. Ltd. 

While that's a wonderful thing, we'd like to see many more corporates involved in working at a grassroot level to make the impact. There are more children waiting for a chance to better life. Let us know if your corporate or community wants to support and nurture an Angel Xpress center.  

Until then, make merry.