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Udaan 2015

February 17, 2015 divider image

on 14th February, when the world celebrated the day of Love with Red Roses, Gifts and Cards, Rotary Club of Nagpur along with the Department of Social Welfare – Zilla Parishad, celebrated this day with a difference, by organizing the 5t h consecutive ‘UDAAN’ -A Day Long Sports & Cultural Carnival for Specially Abled Children.

710 Differently Abled children from 44 schools competed in 60 different sports events from 9.00 am at SCZCC, Civil Lines, Nagpur. ‘UDAAN 2015’ was sponsored by Lata Mangeshkar Hospital, and also supported by Hotel Centre Point, High Land Park & SCZCC .

More than 1200 people participated in the event, which included 150 Teachers, 30 Technical Support Staff and more than 200 Rotary volunteers, but the biggest support was from the more than 300 college students from our Rotaract Clubs of Sadabai Raisoni College, Hislop College, IGMC, Tuli College of Hotel Management, Tirpude College, Tulsiram Gaikwad College of Architecture and G.H Raisoni College.

Apart from sports, the children were also entertained by Tatoo Artists and Cartoon Characters, while they snacked on Pop Corn, Candy Floss as also Dinshaws Ice Cream. All the special children were given Gift Hampers comprising of a personalized Mug with UDAAN Logo and their own photograph printed on the other side, sponsored by Prashant Ugemuge of Highland Park.

The highlight of the day was the special Sit Down Lunch for all the 710 Children sponsored by a leading Rotarian Jasbir Singh Arora of Hotel Centre Point. The Rotarian and Rotaract volunteers served the children and made them feel special. The technical assistance for the event was provided by Mr. Siddharth Gaikwad, Dist. Social Welfare Officer, Zilla Parishad along with sports instructors Umesh Warjurkar, Dhananjay Upasani and their team. SCZCC provided financial assistance under its SCZCC- NGO Partnership Programme, as a result of Director Shri Piyush Kumar’s intervention and support.

A grand cultural presentation highlighting social issues was performed by these specially abled children during the concluding function between 3-5 pm. A unique exercise of adopting these special children for education was also conducted. A sum of Rs. 500/- per child was accepted as donation to take care of uniform, shoes, notebooks and other necessary items for 1 year. This also received a good response.

Team UDAAN has expressed their gratitude to President Bharat Goenka, Secretary Manjot Singh Kahai, Advisor Dinesh Naidu; Chairpersons Sarang Upganlawar, Mahendra Kamath, Umesh Agrawal, along with PP Vijay Naidu, Rita Bhargava, Sanjay Sethi, Ashish Mehadia, Cyrus Watchmaker, Namita Sharma , Raj Shah, Ashok Mrig , Parag Paranjpe, Sonal Singhvi, Priya Upganlawar, Rakhi Bhatia,Vandana and Manish Agarwal and Sohrab Kanga along with all other members of our club, walk-in visitors and the huge army of Rotaractors who worked very hard for the success of this event; and not the least to all the sponsors, known and anonymous donors who contributed to make ‘UDAAN 2015’ a huge success.

-Pritesh Tank

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