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SEWA Day Hong Kong – donate time through service rather than money

October 2013 │ Hong Kong

On Sunday, October 6, 2013, more than 40 Deutsche Bank Hong Kong staff and family participated in the Sewa Day Food For Life project by cooking and distributing vegetarian food to over 1,000 underprivileged and elderly people in Hong Kong. Introduced to Deutsche Bank by Dixit Joshi, Head of Equities, Asia, this year’s event represented Deutsche Bank's second association with Food For Life, one of the world's largest vegetarian food relief networks. The project entailed chopping, cooking, packing, delivering and distributing food to the beneficiaries. Volunteers were being exposed to a different side of Hong Kong through the three delivery centres in Kowloon and New Territory (Sham Shui Po, Tuen Mun and Nam Cheong), leaving an indelible mark on all of them.

"Sewa" is the Indian word for selfless service. Sewa Day, a registered charity in England and Wales, has a unique concept of selfless service that stresses donation of one's time, and not money.  This year, Deutsche Bank, partnered with other corporate houses and NGOs, organised over 20 volunteering projects across different geographies in AsiaPac. These projects varied from painting schools to feeding the underprivileged, from teaching specially-abled children to cleaning a beach and involved children and adults alike. In Hong Kong, Sewa Day projects involved over 220 volunteers taking part in 12 projects, with the Deutsche Bank Food For Life project being the largest in scale and reach.

Over the past three years, Sewa Day has grown in popularity, seeing a tenfold increase in volunteers and a commitment of over 39 million volunteering hours across 20 countries.

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Last Update: October 21, 2013
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