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Annual Interact Meet

November 19, 2014 divider image

The rechristened Interact Meet, in its 8th year now, is a flagship project of Youth Services Committee. This year it was held from 7th to 9th November, 2014 at the beautiful campus of Jain International School and focused on personality development, developing leadership quality and team work.

It was tough to restrict the numbers to 160. The excitement of interactors could be gauged by the fact that they started assembling at St Ursula at 7:15 am. This year, they were given different coloured t- shirts as per house allotted, with printed logos of Interact club and AIM. Along with this, wrist band for their respective houses and breakfast boxes were handed over on arrival. It was a beautiful sight to see all interactors dressed in their respective t-shirts at the opening ceremony, conducted by Sonal. President Bharat welcomed all and shared a story on working together to make a difference. Zumba sessions on both mornings gave a fitting start on two mornings. Subsequent morning sessions were allotted to workshops aimed at bringing out the hidden potential and make them confident. These were conducted by Mr. Anil Jain and Anju (“Taking the lead”), Sonia Jadaji(Improving Memory). She showed how with power of mind one can achieve what one wants in life. A session on bullying and ragging was conducted by an NGO. It was disheartening to discover the many silent sufferers of this menace. These children cried and opened their heart out to the trainer.

Fun sessions followed. One was an ice breaking session ‘Rock with Rahul’, conduceted by Rahul Chaudhary which the children loved. Durriya Akolawala conducted a quiz which elicited an enthusiastic response. The youngest chairperson Shweta related well with them and gave them a task to make a jingle on different products. It was wonderful to see them coming up with new name for products and ideas. Sonal Singhvi gave them some interesting topics for extempore speaking.
Evening sessions were for sports and fun, where indigenous games like Kabbadi, Kho Kho and Football, Tug of war and pyramid making were organized. The level of competition between different houses was amazing. A retro Ramp walk was conducted. It was amazing to see the young kids walk with such confidence and coordination. On the second evening they were asked to present a skit, group song and a dance, with only two hours to prepare. They came up with some funny and social issues, conveying that there was no dearth of talent. A DJ Nite and Dinshaw’s Ice Cream was arranged for them after the cultural show, which they enjoyed thoroughly.

The Closing ceremony on 9th saw Director of JIS (and Rotarian) Mr Anuj Badjate, Trustee Preeti Badjate, Principal Anmol Badjatya, President Bharat, Secretary Manjot, Director Namita Sharma presided over the function. Anuj addressed the gathering and was given an emphatic NO to his question if they wanted to actually go home! Mementos were presented to Mr and Mrs Badjate and Anmol for all the cooperation provided by them in organizing the camp. Ms Lata and Mr Shetty and were also presented mementos. Blue team was declared winner and Vansh Kher was declared best Interactor. Medals and Certificates were given to all.

Shweta Singh managed to organize all the interactors for commemorative Group pictures. Many contributed with the planning, support and execution including Sonal and Tushar Singhvi, Durriya Akolawala, Shweta Singh, Rahul Choudhary, Zaheer Akolawala, Litesh Thakkar, PP Vijay Naidu, Dinesh Naidu, Vikram and Shalini Naidu, Gurjeet Kaur, Rajeev and Archana Jhavery, Shilpa and Hemant Jaitha, Prashant Rajurkar, Jatin and Hetal Sampat, Aeyjaz Akolawala, Raj and Parul Shah, Nilufer Rana, Pooja Poddar, Fatema, Neha Khemka, Fatima Akolawala, Namrata Rathod and the Interact team comprsing Anjuli Minocha, Chetna Singhal, Manisha, Ritika Singhvi and Shamsha Rayyani.

– Team Youth Services

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