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Udaan 2012 – Hope Flies High

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Rotary Club of Nagpur celebrated Valentine’s Day with a difference. On 14th Feb 2012, “Udaan” a daylong Sports Carnival was held at St.Ursula Girls High School, for the second consecutive year along with Lata Mangeshkar Hospital, Department of Social Welfare, Zilla Parishad, Hotel Centre Point and My FM 94.3.

800 specially abled children, from 39 special schools of deaf & mute, blind, mentally and physically challenged, competed in 67 various events. Special Udaan Tshirts and caps were given to each individual. On registration they were served a sumptuous breakfast. This event was aimed to bring smiles on the faces of these special children, to love, pamper, motivate and make a memorable day in their lives.

The day started with a Marathon Tricycle Race, of 2.5 km., followed by Wheelchair race of 500 mts. Mentally and physically challenged people above the age of 16 yrs were eligible to take part in this. The tricycle race was flagged off by Shri Ashish Deshmukh of Lata Mangeshkar Hospital and Wheel-chair race by Shri Surendra Pawar, District Social Welfare Officer.

This was followed by a grand Opening ceremony. All participants marched to the beats of the band played by students of St. Ursula’s after which the Udaan Flag was unfurled and the mashal lit by Shri Ashish Deshmukh, and Pres. Tauby. PDG Vishwas declared the meet open and Sec. Dinesh took the oath. To add to the grandeur a mesmerizing Ganesh vandana dance recital was given by 8 yr old Shayari, who is herself deaf and mute.

Sac Race

Various sports competitions like Sac race, Pick & Run Race, Soft Ball throw, fancy race, three legged race, lagori, burst the balloon and group games like langdi, musical chair etc. were held in different ages and categories. The visiting GSE team from Australia mingled with these kids and distributed chocolates and knick-knacks. Prize distribution ceremony was conducted every hour and the winners received Gold, Silver and Bronze medals along with the prizes at the hands of our esteemed guests. It was very encouraging to have DG Gopal Shiralkar, practically all the PDG’s of Nagpur and the Past Presidents of our club present at the venue.

The highlight was a sit down lunch which was sponsored by Hotel Centre Point. Not only did they sponsor the meal, but Micky Arora, his family and their entire management team was present, and mingled with the children. The service rendered by the Rotaractors from different colleges, especially Yashpal and team from Hislop was commendable. Spot games were conducted by Sharmila Sutaria during the lunch break. Physically challenged Mr. Sunil Parakh volunteered his services and Ms. Paneeri, Gold medallist in paraolympics motivated the children. There were squeals’ of excitement when PP Akhtar Maimoon along with his friend Fali Buxy started the Aero modeling show. Popcorn, candy floss tang drink and Ice-cream were distributed to rehydrate them from time to time and keep their spirits high.

The Cultural evening was organized by six schools of different categories – sizzling performance on Chamak challo by physically challenged girls with calipers, a theme dance on female foeticide, Dashavtaar were some highlights of the evening. Children enthralled the spectators by dancing and singing to the tunes of the rock band performance by Hislopians. Gift hampers were distributed to all the children. A unique exercise of adopting those children for education is undertaken for Rs.500 per child for educational material. The amount collected from “Udaan Café Adopt a Child” was Rs.40, 000 on that day. Thanks to those who contributed for this noble gesture. Mr. Surendra Pawar along with Mr. Warjurkar & team from Social Welfare department provided technical support and worked hard to make the event successful.

Chairpersons – Ashish Mehadia, Rita Bhargava, Sanjay Sethi, Neena Parikh and Divya Dass made sure that every minute detail was taken into account. Pres. Tauby, Sec. Dinesh , Dir. Sharukh and technical team of Manish Bhati, Parag Paranjpe  and Jatin Sampat helped to take the UDAAN 2012 flight to a higher altitude.

Some things in life never change; some moments in life are never forgotten,
and Udaan is one of these soul stirring memoirs .
Because …. You’ll find them always living in you.

My gratitude towards the sponsors without whom the event wouldn’t have been possible –

Mr Ashish Deshmukh – Rs 2 lakhs. Mr Ashwin Mankeshwar and team – Rs 1 lakh. Mr. Micky Arora – Lunch courtesy. Mr Appu Wadhwani – Rs.30,000 Mrs. Rachna Singh – Venue and Band. Ajay Sancheti – Space courtesy in Lokmat Times. Pres.Tauby – Rs.10,000 for First Prize of 5000 each in both Tricycle and Wheelchair Race. Mr.K.B. Agrawal – Rs.6000 for second prize of 3000 each in both the marathon races. Mahesh Agrawal – Biscuits, Rita Bhargava – Banana, Nilufar Rana – Ice-cream, Sunil Bhatia – Chocolates.

My heartfelt thanks to the support team which contributed to the smooth conduct of the sports carnival and their efforts need to be acknowledged:

  • Marathon Race and Technical Support – Parag Paranjpe and Manish Bhati
  • Marshals and Registration Manju and Chandru Shahani, Shabbir Shakir, Shiraz Doongaji, Atul Gupta, Nisreen Maimoon, Deepa Jamwal, Sanjay, Smita and Rajiv Bhargava, Richa Sethi, Dipesh Ajmera, Pritesh Tank, Pramesh Pandhi, Raj Shah, Gogi Bhasin, Sunil Bhatia, Rajesh Yadav, Shiv Rao, Shridhar Pasari.
  • Catering Management and Service – Ashish Mehadia, Cyrus Watchmaker, Devendra Agrawal, Rajiv and Smita Bhargava, Renu Arora, Amita Behal and Rotractors team.
  • Club Invites – Pres. Tauby, Atul Shah, Sunil Thapar, Sunil Bhatia.
  • Transportation – Vikram Naidu and Raj Shah.
  • Ground Preparation – Mannu Seth, Manjot Kahai, Kanak Resources.
  • Designing – Sohrab Kanga.
  • Spot Games – Sharmila Sutaria.
  • Rotract Team – Jatin Sampat and Sapna Vastani.
  • Rotractor teams – Hislop college, SRKCEM, Datta Meghe, Sadabai Raisoni, Tirpude college, IGGMC.
  • Gift Hampers – Shalini Gupta, Vandana Agrawal, Richa Sethi, Manju Bhatia, Smita Bhargava, Shalini Naidu, Ratna Joshi, Anagha and Varsha Jaiswal, Smita Seth.
  • Air–Show – Akhtar Pervez Maimoon and team.
  • Culltural Program – Madhavi Naidu and Dinesh Naidu.

Rita Bhargava
Committee Chairperson
Welfare of the specially abled
Rotary Club of Nagpur


For photo coverage of Udaan 2012, click here. Also our wonderful Rotractors from Hislop College made a video of Udaan and its a must watch. You can watch it by clicking here.

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