Mangaluru: Yesterday, November 17 was an eventful and fruitful day to remember and cherish, a day of celebrations and jubilations for the very enthusiastic 600 children residing in 10 different orphanages in and around Mangaluru City who crave for parental love and affection but are unfortunately deprived. Leaving behind their loneliness and pain and ignoring their grief and grievances they enjoyed a sense of freedom not often experienced during their fun day out at the 21st Annual Rotary Olympics. They relaxed, mingled freely, rejoiced, played and made new friends.
Rotary Club of Mangaluru central jointly with Rotaract Club of Mangaluru City organized the 21st Annual Inter Orphanage Olympics Sports & Cultural Meet exclusively for the inmates of the 10 different Orphanages operating in and around the Dist. on 17.11.2019 at Canara High School Urva Premises. It was a one-day long fun fair, Joy-filled festival of Sports and Cultural Events wherein 600 orphans after presenting a Colourful march past session, actively participated with zeal and enthusiasm. It was a day to cherish and relish in their life. The annual Rotary orphanage Olympics is a platform provided to the Orphanage Children by Rotary and Rotaract club to showcase their hidden skills in sports and inborn talents through Cultural Events.
Sri. Vedayasa Kamath M.L.A in his inaugural address lauded the community services rendered by the Rotary by providing a suitable platform and equal opportunity to the Orphan Children to showcase their skills and talents thereby eliminating social inequality. He advised that voluntary service organizations should strive hard to eliminate social inequality and backwardness feeling prevailing in the society. He also assured full Co-operation from the City Corporation to Rotary to conduct the community development projects. He also opined that participation in the competition is important than winning.
Chairman of the organizing committee Rtn. Dr. Devdas Rai revealed that this event is a part of their Community service, the aim, and objective being to bring a smile to the faces of the lovely children at least for a day and a feeling that they are not lonely.
President of the Rotary Club Rtn. Dr. Jayaprakash Poonja welcomed, Asst. Governor zone II Rtn. Geethanand Pai, M.C.C. Corporator Smt. Sandhya Acharya were guests of honor, while Charter President Rtn. Premnath Kudva, Rotaract Dist. Representative and Rtr. Ganesh were present on the occasion. President of Rotaract club of Mangaluru City Rtr. Sheldon Crasta proposed a vote of thanks, Rtn. K.M. Hegde compered the programme.
At the Valedictory, Rotary Past Dist. Governor Rtn. S. Gururaj who graced the occasion as chief guest, distributed prizes and certificates to the winners and runners up and awarded a trophy to the overall winners.