Mangaluru: It was a special and eventful day for the very enthusiastic 600 children of 10 Orphanage schools operating in the district who crave for parental love and affection but unfortunately deprived. They felt the sense of freedom and freely mingled, played, danced, with other orphanage school children and shared their memorable moments. It was a platform provided by Rotary Club of Mangalore Central to showcase their hidden skills and talents in the field of sports and cultural events. All the guests could see the enjoyment in the faces of the children.
Rotary Club of Mangalore Central jointly with Rotaract Club of Mangalore city organised their 17th Annual Orphanage Olympics exclusively for the inmates of the different orphanages operating in the district on January 10, at Canara High School Urwa Campus. It was a day-long fun fair festival of sports and cultural events wherein 600 children belonging to 10 different orphanages of the district participated with zeal and enthusiasm.
MLA J R Lobo in his inaugural address advised the children to grab the rare opportunity provided by the society and participate actively by exhibiting hidden talents and skills to achieve success in their future. The Rotary Club has responded to the needs of the orphanage children by providing a platform and equal opportunity in order to eliminate social inequality. He also lauded the selfless service of Rotarians rendered to community development and recalled club’s substantial financial contribution of Rs 18 Lakhs towards setting up of Planetarium at Pilikula in the year 1998. Assistant Governor Zone IV Rtn K R Kamath was the guest of honour on this occasion.
Chairman of the organising committee Rtn Dr Devdas Rai in his address revealed that this is club’s prestigious community service project, the aim and objective of the event is to bring a smile on the faces of the lovely children and a feeling that they are not lonely.
President of the club Rtn Elias Sanctis welcomed. President of Rotaract Club of Mangalore City Rtn Rajesh Devadiga delivered the vote of thanks. Rtn K M Hegde compered the programme. On the dais Secretary Rtn Prasad Shetty and Rtn Yathish were present.