It is no more an unusual sight to see celebs indulging in philanthropic causes. However, most of the celebs choose to involve in services that do not require much physical labour. Sweating it out in the gym looks appealing and sexy but sweating in sun for a noble cause calls for recognition, especially when it is an actress. And the actress we are talking about is Sai Tamhankar.
The 31-year-old is known for her association with Paani Foundation, which is a non-profit organization set up by the Satyamev Jayate team and led by its anchor, Aamir Khan, along with his wife, Kiran Rao. She has been involved with the foundation since its inception, three years to be precise.
Celebrating Maharashtra Day
May 1 marks Maharashtra Day or Maharashtra Diwas. It commemorates the formation of the state of Maharashtra, which was 58 years ago.
The Paani Foundation aims to eradicate the drought-hit regions of rural Maharashtra by educating and motivating people. They believe that it is only through the united efforts of people that the problem of water scarcity can be dealt with and the situation improved. As May 1 is a state holiday, the Foundation has asked people to come forward and help on the ground.
“Monetary Donation is easy, but Shramdaan is something more important for me as I believe in the saying ‘Unity is Strength’. If we come together, we can make Maharashtra a better place, a water-full place to live in. I am more than happy to be a part of Aamir Khan’s initiative to make Maharashtra Drought-free” says Sai who is all set to celebrate the Maharashtra Day by doing shramdaan, meaning a voluntary contribution that requires labour or physical efforts.
Loving the experience
Sai loves to participate in the foundation’s activities and finds it extremely satiating. She often takes a break from work to offer her voluntary services for the foundation. “For the Water Foundation, I have been visiting western Maharashtra for almost three years. The Sarpanch of one village, taking a look at the spade in my hand, once said ‘Never have I seen any heroine, in our village, contributing her physical efforts for our betterment’. These words always keep me grounded and inspire me each day to strive even harder,” says a beaming Sai.
This time, the actress has resolved to celebrate Maharashtra Day by doing shramdaan in a village near Pune.