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Moving Forward

A brisk walk on a beautiful morning makes for possibly the best start to a day. A good run can energise one to think afresh. It only seems natural then that the health benefits of these pursuits should be drawn in to support a good cause. The Joy Run began with this simple but special idea — inspire people in cities across the country to run for causes that need that extra push of encouragement. Jointly conceptualised by Mumbai-based I more...

Reward for unsung heroes

A nation wide campaign, “Karmayuga: The right every wrong generation”, aiming to bring together and recognise citizen volunteers, uncommon and unsung heroes trying to lead society towards a better tomorrow through their sustained focus, was launched here on Tuesday. The campaign was launched by Social Outreach and Accreditation Programme (SOAP) founder Gul Panag, in collaboration with International Confederation of NGOs (iCONGO), data centre CtrlS, United National Volunteers and NGO volunteer organisation VSO. The initiative seeks to reward the inspiring work more...

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SOAP and Joy of Giving Week 2011

To celebrate the Joy of Giving Week ( Oct 2 to Oct 8 ) 2011, SOAP conducted a project through one of it registered NGOs’ The Col. Shamsher Singh Foundation. As a part of the Festival 5 volunteers from IIT Bombay were asked to meet people and ask them to share a day in their life along with their aspirations and hope. The ‘SOAP and IIT B – Joy of giving Week’ project required the volunteer to meet people and more...

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SOAP opera

A sleepless night, an early morning flight and a sore throat cannot dampen Gul Panag’s enthusiasm. Nursing a warm cuppa, she settles down for an interview, and talks about her recent initiative, SOAP Online. “I’ve been running this foundation for over a year now. Social Outreach Accreditation Programme or SOAP India is a pan-Indian initiative that works like a social networking platform, much like Facebook, reaching out to people who want to be part of the social sector. SOAP brings more...

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Gul Panag — the mistress of all trades

The Indian School of Business (ISB) looked rather glamourous when actor Gul Panag turned up in a pretty green dress to talk to students about SOAP — a revolutionary volunteer platform and an online credit-based volunteer management tool which is a one-stop platform for corporates, volunteers and NGOs alike. While addressing the students Gul revealed that she initially thought, “I could become a politician and change the world.” She is yet to enter politics, but the actor doesn’t seem to more...

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Gul Panag launches an extraordinary SOAP

Gul Panag launches an extraordinary ‘SOAP’ She is the best dimple-cheeked ‘tweeple’ on twitter and every tweeple who follows her must be aware of the fact that she always takes a keen interest in various social causes. Going with that in an exclusive chat with MM.com, actor-philanthropist Gul Panag gets candid about her new venture – Social Outreach Accreditation Program (SOAP) and her plan to bring the Irish band U2 to India in order to promote her campaign What made more...

If Gul does, U2 can…

The actress is trying to bring the popular band to India for a concert. Will she succeed? Now, U2 can bring U2 to India — pun intended. Well, Twitter India’s undisputed queen, actress-cum-change agent Gul Panag has initiated a signature campaign to bring the famous band to India for a concert. She got a couple of thousand signatures, bound them in a book and presented it to the U2 management in Toronto, Canada, on July 11, urging them to come more...

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Gul Panag’s SOAP

Gul Panag is the sole leading lady of Bollywood who can be credited with breaking the beauty queen stereotype – after winning the Miss India title fair and square in 1999, she carved a niche for herself in Bollywood essaying roles of the strong woman protagonist and the insecure thirty-something urban female with equal panache. She professes her love for adventure, nature, biking and sports and endorses healthy living via her chosen platform, Twitter, to communicate with her fans and more...

Bringing process into social service: SOAP

We all have an urge to do something for the society but most of the times we don’t have the means or don’t know the process. Sometimes it also happens that we know exactly what we have to do but then our vision never takes shape as we get stuck up at some point or the other for lack of funds or resources. The Social Outreach and Accreditation Program (SOAP) is formed with the objective of streamlining the process in more...