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May 1, 2012 > Mother's Day Carnival

Mother's Day Carnival

By Nisha Patel

On Saturday, May 5, Induz is partnering with Safari Kids and Desi Bazaar to give families an opportunity to pamper their mothers while giving children a chance to help charitable organizations. At the event, children will be raising funds through volunteer efforts at various booths; within this carnival there will be games, lemonade stands, concession stands for cupcakes, popcorn, and cotton candy, as well as food booths, Bingo, and small craft activities like fingerprinting.

During the event, a talent show will include an opening act by a young band, dances, singing, and musical instruments and a special dance performance by a group of children with special needs. Mothers will have the opportunity to visit the free henna booth sponsored by Naz Beauty Salon, free spa or massage treatments and a chance for an eye makeup makeover. Raffle prizes for gift certificates will be awarded throughout the day.

Desi Bazaar, a South-Asian Bollywood fashion mall on Facebook, will be hosting a fashion show and during "Mommy and Me," mothers can dress up and walk down the runway with their children, giving everyone an opportunity to participate. Registration for the "Mommy and Me" special is $20; prizes will be awarded for the best-dressed Mom. The winning group will receive a dress from Desi Bazaar; runner-ups will also be awarded prizes. Desi Bazaar will have 15 local vendors on site at the event.

The Mother's Day Carnival is a "children-to-children" fundraiser in which young kids will be helping with carnival activities to help raise funds to help other impoverished or disabled children. All proceeds will be split evenly among three organizations: Jeena in the Bay Area, a non profit focused on making a positive impact and serving as a support group for children and families with developmental disorders; Nayantara Trust to help tribal children in Indian villages; and Santosh charity home orphanage in Bangalore, India.

"Children should be taught to give back at a very young age, and at this event, they will be doing that exactly," explained event coordinator Piya Mitra. Children can volunteer at this event by setting up booths with carnival games, selling small crafts, face-painting, snacks, and etc. Event coordinators encourage children to come up with ideas for fundraising, adding to the impact of such an event. They will all get recognition certificates from Induz as well as prizes for the most popular booth, most innovative idea, and other categories.

It will be a fun outing for mothers, children, and the family, so be sure to come and enjoy the event!

Mother's Day Carnival
Saturday, May 5
Noon - 4 p.m.
Safari Kid Grounds
4500 Cabello Street, Union City
Free
www.nayantaratrust.com
www.jeena.org

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