The Good Samaritans! AICUF’ers of St Aloysius College Feed Hungry & Homeless on City Streets
“For I was hungry and you gave something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me “- Matthew 25:35-40
Mangaluru: On 15 February 2020, the members of the All India Catholic University Federation (AICUF), St.Aloysius College (Autonomous ) Mangaluru, aspired to be the Good Samaritans took the streets from 12.40 PM to 4 PM to feed the hungry with parcels of meals. St Aloysius College Principal Rev. Dr Praveen Martis S.J, Anup Denzil Veigas, Ms Vinola Sequeira, Joel Fernandes, Ms Melvita Baretto- the AICUF Animators and the members of AICUF Association went around the streets of Mangaluru and fed nearly 900 hungry and homeless people.
The food was prepared by the AICUF’ers at Twins Caterers Outhouse-Kiram, Vamanjoor, Mangaluru. The preparation of the same began on 14 February at 7 PM which was ready by the next day morning, all packed in 900 boxes. The members of AICUF started their hunger drive programme at 12.40 PM on 15 February at White Doves Psychiatric Nursing and Destitute Home. Corrine Rasquinha, The Founder of White Doves addressed the AICUF’ers and said, “Love Conquers All”. The AICUF volunteers, along with the Principal Fr Martis SJ had the food along with the inmates of the White Doves Home.
The AICUF unit of SAC, later on, moved to the streets. They distributed the food in the surroundings of Nehru Maidan, Mangalore Central Railway Station, Slums in Kuloor-Kavoor Road, State Bank, Padil, KSRTC Bus stand. The organisations namely Riya Foundation Kulshekar, Snehasadan Gurpura, Samvedana Home for Children, Karunamaya Trust Jeppu were also covered along with many other places, thereby covering almost all places in Mangaluru. At around 4 in the evening, volunteers were done distributing all the parcels of meals to the homeless and the needy.
It was indeed a delightful day for the proud AICUF’ers of St Aloysius College, receiving the blessings from the old aged and from the young, for the good work and the positive gesture. The hot sun didn’t bother them because they were the reason for the shine in eyes of the hungry children, the smile and happiness on the wrinkled faces made all the odds in their favour and motivated the members for the future. The day ended the encouraging words from our Principal, who said, “One must always try to help our fellow beings and as well nature so that it makes a huge difference in the future.”
Report submitted by: Ms Akshitha Steefal Fernandes, AICUF Secretary/AICUF State President