Bhubaneswar, May 2 (LocalWire): The East India Philatelic Association today held an online auction of stamps and postal materials in order to raise funds for the needy in the wake of the COVID-19 lockdown crisis.
Members of the Philatelic group also contributed articles to auction and to be auctioned.
The amount raised was put in a fund that will be used to provide rations for daily wagers who have been severely affected by the lockdown.
The Secretary of EIPA, Shanti Swarup Rath, while speaking on the occasion said that philately is a gentleman’s hobby.
The sense of camaraderie, mutual trust, and faith that philatelists share with each other and the society, in general, is not found in any other hobby.
Anil Dhir said that the proceeds from the auction far exceeded the amount that was expected.
aluable postal materials, many relating to Odisha were put up for auction by various members from all over the State.
A set of Ten Pigeon Post Covers flown by the Orissa Pigeon Service was sold for more than Rs 4000/-. Many members also made online cash donations.
EIPA is one of the most prominent philatelic societies in the country with representation in the Philatelic Congress of India.
The Society has a strong publishing record with many seminal works being written by its members.
Its members are among the foremost stamp collectors in the country and have exhibited their collection both in the country and internationally.
It will soon be celebrating its 25th Year Silver Jubilee.
The membership base extends all over the state and country with more than 250 registered life members.
Philatelists from Bolangir, Sambalpur, Keonjhar, Berhampur, Cuttack, and other places participated in the auction.