Mangaluru: It was an eventful and fruitful day to remember and cherish, a day marked with celebrations for the extremely enthusiastic 600 children, residing in 10 different orphanage schools in and around Mangaluru who crave for parental love and affection but unfortunately remain deprived.
Leaving behind their pain and agony, the children felt a sense of freedom while happily mingling with other orphanage school children at the 19th Annual Orphanage Olympics held on November 19 at Ramakrishna College premises. They were seen playing and sharing their memorable moments with their new found friends at the platform that enabled them to showcase their hidden sports skills and inborn talents in the cultural events. All the guests, spectators could notice the enjoyment and smile on the faces of the lovely children who experienced that they are not lonely.
The 19th Annual Orphanage Olympics, held exclusively for the inmates of the 10 different orphanages operating in and around the district was organised jointly by the Rotary Club of Mangaluru Central and Rotaract Club of Mangaluru City.
The event was a day long fun fair, joy-filled festival of sports and carnival of cultural events wherein the children after presenting a spectacular and colourful march past session, actively participated with zeal and enthusiasm.
City Commissioner of Police T R Suresh, in his inaugural address, lauded the selfless and generous service of Rotary by responding to the needs of children by providing a suitable platform and an equal opportunity to showcase their skills and talents thereby eliminating social inequality. He advocated that the service organisations should strive hard to eliminate the social evil, inequality and backward feeling prevailing in the society.
Chairman of the organising committee Rtn. Dr. Devdas Rai revealed that this event was a part of their community service and its aim was to bring a smile on the faces of the lovely children and to make them feel that they were not lonely.
President of the Rotary Club Rtn. Raymond D’Cunha, welcomed. Asst. Governor zone II Rtn. Naveen Kumar, Charter President Rtn. Premnath Kudva, S K S Company Executive Director Sanath Shetty, President of Rotaract Club of Mangaluru City Rtr. Pavithra Acharya, Secretary Rtr. Sharath were present. Secretary Rtn. Prakashchandra proposed a vote of thanks. Rtn. K.M. Hegde compered the programme.