Neighbourhood Foundation: Pani Puri Challenge: October 1

On October 1, Friday Neighbourhood Foundation conducted an eating contest named Pani Puri Challenge at a well-known food joint, Street Snacc situated at Wellington Estate, Egmore, Chennai. The contest was organized as a fundraising event where the registration fees paid by participants, was taken in as funds to support NHF’s Feed@100 program, that is used to feed 5 meals to homeless people and animals.
The challenge was attended by a wide spectrum of the public, from individual participants who were on their own to group of friends and family who took part as participants on that evening. The aim of this event was to help participants understand the importance of food by feeding them with it for the money they paid.
Winners of the contest were given gift vouchers of worth Rs. 500 for the 1st, Rs. 300 2nd and Rs. 200 for the 3rd from Street Snacc. All participants were given discount coupons worth 15% discounts from Steet Snacc to felicitate their participation and efforts and to encourage further participations from others.
In this contest, participating contestants will have to eat 15 stuffed puris of usual sizes with the jal jeera pani in the shortest duration possible. Each participant’s time limit will be monitored and recorded as they compete. The person who finished the contest in the shortest duration will be the winner.
The contest was won by Mr. Chandrashiva who finished first in a duration of just 01:06 minutes. Followed by Mr. Parthipan who finished second with a duration of just 01:07 minutes and Mr. Sham, finished third at 01:11 minutes of time.

International Coffee Day 2021 Honouring the frontline workers with a cup of coffee!

On October 01 2021, on the occasion of International Coffee Day, Neighbourhood Foundation got to the grounds to provide 100 free cups of coffee to frontline sanitary workers of Chennai city, as a mark of respect to those sweepers, pickers, cleaners and manual scavengers who worked actively to keep the city’s clean and hygienic during the tough times of pandemic.
The International Coffee Day is widely observed on the 1st of October every year, around the world. Though there is not one specific reason that is usually referred to observe the Coffee Day globally, the day is used to promote awareness on trading coffee on fair means and to shed light on the workers and their hard work that goes behind harvesting the coffee beans, key ingredients of this beverage.
In India, National Coffee Day is observed on September 29. On this occasion, we took advantage of the moment to honour some of the hard workers we know, especially the frontline sanitary workers who worked actively to maintain hygiene during the tough times of the pandemic.
Along with the sanitary workers, we also took to share some of the warmth to those abandoned people as well around the city on a rainy, wet and chill day.
We provided cups of coffee to those sanitary workers across the neighbourhoods of Alandur, Saidapet and Guindy between 12:00 P.M and 03:00 P.M. We also like to mention that this venture was enabled and made possible by our partnership with Madras Coffee House who came forward to provide us with 100 cups of coffee, upon hearing our noble idea.
Though honoured, the frontline sanitary workers were some of the most under-appreciated labourers of the society who work around the clock to support the massive infrastructure of such a massive urban agglomeration like Chennai. Sanitary workers of any category must not be ignored or taken lightly or ill-treated at any time since their absence will potentially lead the society to decay.