Mangaluru: Drug addiction is on the rise among the youths of Mangalore and Coastal Karnataka. To create awareness about the perils of drug addiction and inspire the youth to stay away from drugs a walkathon was organized by St Aloysius Industrial Training Institute(SAITI) in collaboration with Lions & Leo Club Mangalore, Leo Club Mangalore SAITI and St Francis Xavier Church Bejai Karangalpady Ward on Oct 19 2023 at 2:30 p.m. from St Aloysius ITI – PVS – Nava Bharath circle to City Centre Mall.
The Chief Guest was S Mahesh Kumar – Assistant Commissioner of Police, Central Sub Division, Mangalore. Rev. Fr Suraj Lobo – Assistant Parish Priest, Bejai Church; and Nishitha Harish Shetty – Manager of City Centre Mall were the Guests of Honour.
Lion Kudupi Arvind Shenoy PMJF 2nd Vice District Governor Dist 317D, Lion President – Lion Sheena Pujary MJF; Lion Secretary – Lion Rajesh Victor Heri MJF; Lion Treasurer – Lion Shivaram Rai MJF; Rev. Fr John Dsouza SJ – Director of St Aloysius ITI; Roshan Dsouza – Principal; Alwyn Menezes – Vice Principal; Noel Lobo – Training Officer; Leo Coordinator – Lion Wilson N; Romius Dsouza – Ward Gurkar of Karangalpady Ward, St Francis Xavier Church, Bejai and our JTO; Leo President – Leo Sushanth; Leo Secretary – Leo Winston Dsouza; Leo Treasurer – Leo Privisha Shainy Dsouza; staff and students were present for the programme.
At 2:30 p.m. all the students and other participants gathered on the college premises. President Leo Sushanth welcomed the gathering.
The Chief Guest addressed the gathering saying, ‘You have taken a step in creating an awareness among the youth. You as students are supporting the police in organising the walkathon. He also appreciated the hard work of Leo and Lions Club and he said how happy he was to be part of the anti-drug awareness walkathon. He also appreciated the efforts of students that they put into designing the placards.’
Prizes were distributed to the winners of the anti-drug awareness poster competition.
They are as follows:
1st prize – Eshan Shetty, MRAC 1st year
2nd prize – Naveen, MMV 1st year
3rd prize – Renal Fernandes, MMV 2nd year
The flag-off was done by Lion Kudupi Arvind Shenoy PMJF 2nd Vice District Governor Dist 317D. The walkathon began from St Aloysius ITI – PVS – Nava Bharath circle to City Centre Mall.
The walkathon concluded at City Centre Mall with a chende performance and a street play on drug awareness by the students of ITI.
Lion Kudupi Arvind Shenoy PMJF 2nd Vice District Governor Dist 317D spoke a few words saying, ‘How we are losing the battle against drugs and he also appreciated the hard work and cooperation of students.’
Roshan Dsouza, Principal of SAITI thanked everyone and finished his speech by saying “Say No to Drugs Yes to Life.”
Leo Privisha Shainy Dsouza proposed the vote of thanks.
Leo Coordinator – Lion Wilson N and Robin Vas, JTO compered the programme.