Udaipur: 76,000 donors from across the globe donated more than 3 lakh pieces of clothing to break the world record in clothing donation today. The campaign was organised by Shri Lakshyaraj Singh. The previous world record was held by Dubai where the local citizens had donated 295,122 articles of clothing in 2016.
Speaking about the achievement, Shri Lakshyaraj Singh said, “Roti, Kapda and Makaan are considered to be the three most essential needs. Donation drives, including government schemes, focus on food and housing, but we forget how important clothing is. Breaking the record is just the beginning for us – the next step is to distribute these clothes to lakhs of people from underserved communities across India”.
The campaign had been flagged off by Shri Lakshyaraj Singh on 15th January 2018 and ran for 3 months with the help of 1700 volunteers from around the globe. It culminated with the counting of the donated clothing articles on Sunday morning at the Shikarbadi hotel, Udaipur. Donations came in from more than 12 countries including Australia, USA, Oman, Sri Lanka and the UAE. More than 80 drop points within and outside India were set up for the campaign.
“We have had an overwhelming response from across the world to our call to action. Breaking the world record will help cement Udaipur’s name on the world map as not just City of lakes, but also as a City with the Big Hearts,” added Shri Lakshyaraj Singh.
Shri Lakshyaraj Singh appeal to contribute to this campaign was supported by dignitaries from across the world, including the Shree Khodal Dham Trust from Gujarat, musical maestros Salim–Sulaiman, Cricketers Irfan and Yusuf Pathan and non-government organization Goonj and the Clothes Box Foundation. Donors for the 3-months long campaign included students from more than 120 schools and 10 colleges from across the country. A concurrently run social media outreach got the campaign 6 lakh people online supporters as well.