The umbrella body of all Ganpati mandals in the city has urged its members to provide all manner of assistance to flood-affected Kerala. After the Brihanmumbai Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav Samanvay Samiti (BSGSS) made an appeal on Monday, many mandals have come forward to help Kerala get back on its feet.
“The response has been great considering it has been just a day since the appeal. The mandals have responded positively and immediately agreed to contribute for the cause,” said Naresh Dahibavkar, president, BSGSS.
The Goud Saraswat Brahmin (GSB) Seva Mandal of King’s Circle, one of the richest and prestigious mandals in the city, sent almost all of its vounteers to Kerala besides giving cash donations in order to lend a helping hand to rescue victims. “Since many of our volunteers are from Kerala, they are well aware of those areas. We have also set up a hotline for assistance,” said Satish Nayak, trustee and spokesperson.
A mandal from Sewri is ready to set aside Rs 25,000-Rs 50,000 as aid for Kerala victims. “The mandal keeps doing social work throughout the year. Whatever donations we get during Ganesh Chaturthi is used for the same. There can’t be a better donation than helping people come out of a disaster,” said Vijay Indulkar, adviser to the Sewricha Raja Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav Mandal.
Another mandal from Dongri will keep a donation box, funds collected thus will be dedicated for Kerala relief. “The least we can do is give them financial assistance if not physically be there to help. And what will we do keeping the money with God if we cannot help someone in need?” asked mandal member Sanjay Shelke. In all, there are close to 11,000 Sarvajanik Ganpati mandals in the city.