Couple donates Rs 10L kept for daughter's reception

Sep 14, 2012, 07:43 IST | Vivek Sabnis

Prasad and Shubhada Godbole decide to cut down on daughter's wedding celebrations, divert money to NGO working for sr citizens

A couple from the city, Prasad and Shubhada Godbole, have donated Rs 10 lakh to Janaseva Foundation, an NGO working to better the life of senior citizens in the city. 

The amount had originally been kept aside for a grand reception party the Godboles had planned to throw after the wedding of their daughter Punav, a commercial pilot, with her colleague Dhruv Arya on September 23 in Sonepat, Haryana. 

We belive in charity: Prasad Godbole, Dhruv Arya, Gajanan Godbole, Punav and Shubhada Godbole

“Our family strongly believes in social responsibility and wants to do something for society, and Punav’s marriage was the right occasion for it.

We had decided to spend
Rs 10 lakh on a grand reception, but instead we donated the money to Janaseva Foundation on September 7 in Punav and Dhruv’s presence at an informal function organised by the foundation in Katraj,” Prasad said.

Amazed by gesture
President of Janaseva Foundation Dr Vinod Shah said he was stunned by the Godbole family’s gesture.

“We are all moved by their gesture and hosted a lunch in their honour at our educational centre in Katraj. Fortunately, the bride and the groom were present at the function where they inaugurated a special education cell that was named after the couple. They were blessed by our priest Abhishek Sagar,” said Shah.

Also present at the event were Punav’s 91-year-old grandfather Gajanan Godbole and veteran environmentalist and former union minister Mohan Dhariya, who blessed the couple.
Punav, who was born and brought up in the city, completed her flying course in Australia and now works with a private airline. 

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