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Volunteer Mumbai: Cause Play Wednesday, 12 December 2012 09:54 Let's face it. You don't get much work done in December. So if you're getting off early or (finally) have Saturdays free, you might want to get behind a cause. New website Volunteer Mumbai urges Bombay folk to help out at after-school programs and at old age homes, and makes this possible by posting volunteer opportunities at NGOs across the city. Ex consultant and regular do-gooder Saloni Behl started this project when she realised how "decentralised" the volunteer search process was, during a threemonth sabbatical in India. Together with her sister Ruchi Behl, who also runs a non-profit called the Sanjeevani Project, she hopes to streamline the search process and connect volunteers instantly with their cause. Volunteer Mumbai allows you to search volunteer openings by time frame, NGO or cause, although this seems sort of pointless right now, because the NGO list on their website currently features just nine organisations including Akanksha, Dignity Foundation and Magic Bus. It's probably because they're new and we hope to see the list padded up soon. Even the blog that's supposed to provide news and stories about the non-profit sector, has a 'coming soon' sign on it. Want to start ASAP? Start by checking their bulletin board that has six opportunities, which will have you teaching 8th and 9th graders after school and volunteering at a sports day for Akanksha kids. We'll see you at the finish line! Getting there: Visit, free.

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December 13, 2012 MUMBAI Super model, marathon runner She comes from a family deeply involved with philanthropy and so, when supermodel and actress Lisa Haydon sent out an e-mail to her friends and family, (we belong to both categories, we think) it didn’t come as any surprise that the lissome lass had signed up to run the whole length of the 42 km Standard Chartered marathon, this Mumbai in January to raise money for the NGO Magic Bus.

“In the aim to help this incredible NGO as much as I can, I ask all of you to be as generous as possible this year. It is for underprivileged children who also deserve a future.” Anyone familiar with Mathew Spacey’s outfit knows the work that Magic Bus has been doing to teach and empower underprivileged children through sports and outdoor physical activities since 2001. To her credit, this is not the first time Lisa has taken time off her busy schedule to help the underprivileged. Fundraisers, donation drives and visits to orphanages and old people’s homes are all part of her upbringing. But still, waking each morning at 6 am to run at the racecourse calls for a social kind of determination.

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FIFA consultant impressed by women's football level in India IANS Dec 17, 2012, 09.03PM IST

NEW DELHI: FIFA consultant for women's football Monika Staab on Monday showed overwhelming enthusiasm and endorsed football for the fair sex in India. "I did not realise India had such a vast potential in women's football. This is so refreshing and I am very impressed. Their history is older than that of Germany," Staab said after witnessing a match between NGOs Cequin and Magic Bus at Jamia Sports Complex. "When Indian women started playing football the Germans were much more conservative and could not think of the women taking up the sport. So the tradition itself shows the path." "Look at the FIFA rankings of Indian Women. It's 52 among 175 nations whereas the men are in 168th among 209 countries. So the women are better than the men and given the talent and enthusiasm that I've witnessed over the last five days of my stay here, the girls can go places. You need to provide them with the right kind of infrastructure," added the German. Assuring that her enthusiasm would reap dividends, Staab said: "They need the FIFA recommendation and I will do that. I promise to do my best as I never expected such a huge base here in this part of the world. I am highly impressed and can see Indian Women's football going forward." Staab also praised The All India Football Federation (AIFF) for backing of the women's team adding that investing more on the eves would be very beneficial. "I feel if the Federation invests more on the eves who are the moment in a very good position in FIFA Rankings, the team can go places. They need the financial support, FIFA's backing and proper infrastructure," she added.

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Play ball for underprivileged children Amrutha Penumudi, Hindustan Times

Mumbai, December 21, 2012

A bunch of journalists and media persons, who share an immense love for sports thought of spreading that passion to people who loved to play, just like them, but did not have the means. That’s how Project Play came about two years ago. The initiative that was started by Kunaal Majgaonkar, Shail Desai, Jigna Padhiar and Shreya Bhandary, provides underprivileged children with proper training and gear to hone their talents in sports. This weekend, they plan to make things extra special by hosting an under-16, sixa-side football tournament, which will see the participation of kids from various city NGOs. “When we work on our stories, we come across a lot of children who have the potential to be brilliant sportsmen. However, lack of proper infrastructure denies them the opportunity to hone their talents. Instead of coming across such people and forgetting about them later, we decided to develop a project that could help them,” says Kunal Majgaonkar, who reports on sports for a city-based newspaper. The event, Kick Stars, takes place on Saturday. Participating NGOs include the Oscar Foundation, Rahee Foundation, Salaam Baalak Trust, Anstrengung United, Karnataka SA Project, Akanksha, Magic Bus and Project Play. “A total of 65 kids will play. We are even trying to get some eminent sportsmen to attend the exhibition match to further boost their confidence,” he adds. Talking about finances, Majgaonkar says they mostly promote such events using social media. “We use our Facebook and Twitter profiles to spread word and ask for support. We end up getting a good amount of donations, thanks to the platform,” he says.

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Media Coverage December 2012