Mangalore Dec 8: Smile is becoming one of the expensive thing in this mechanic world. While people find very few moments to spare for themselves, Rotary Club on Sunday organised ‘Orphanage olympics’ for the children living in orphanages to get together and laugh away their blues at Canara Girls’ School, Dongerkerey.
While over 650 children from 8 different orphanages ran across the school ground like free birds, chirping, laughing and giggling, there was a great deal of satisfaction on the faces of the organisers, who toiled to put up the event with the genuine aim to bring ‘real’ smiles on the faces of those children who would otherwise be entangled in the quest of finding answers for their own questions.
Some children got their legs into the sack for a sack race while others participated in frog race. While some balanced the lemon on spoon, many more ran the race. Girls played the dodge ball and boys took up to tug of war. While some got into action, many more stood and clapped for their counter parts. All in all the children were seen enjoying what was called ‘a fun fare’ which does not happen to them often.
After having sumptuous meal, the children were set to enthrall the audience through their performances. The theme for the cultural programme was ‘Save planet earth’ where the competition was between orphanages to bag the best performance and Best Master of the ceremony awards.
Ishwarananda Ashram, Aloysian Boys, St Antony’s Orphanage, Swami Shradananda Sevashram, Bal Samrakshana Kendra, Abhayashram, Zeenath Baksh Yatheemkana and Prashanth Nilaya, all the participants performed and gave their best. This was followed by a cracker show to conclude the frolic event.
“I had come to take part in this event last year too. I love to be here because I can meet many more children like me from other places and make friends,” says a participant while another participant says that she loves to stay back and cheer for the participants who are competing.
This is the 11th year that Rotary is organising the event and truly the event has become something that children from orphanage look forward every year as it provide a break from their usual unchanging reality.
Each participant was given a bag with all utilities worth Rs 150. A 50 kg rice bag and a sports materials was donated to each orphanage on the occasion. Prior to the inauguration, the children and organisers offered condolence to the victims and martyrs of the recent Mumbai terror attack by lighting candles.
“This year the event has been organised at a cost of Rs 2 lakh and lot of hard work has gone into the entire event but the smiles on the faces of the children has given us our reward,” says Orphanage Olympic Chairman Ronald Mendonca.
The event was inaugurated by Dr Ravi Appaji who said that no candle will lose its light by lighting another candle.
Vijaya Bank DGM M Rama Adyanthaya, Rotary Club President Dr K Mohandas Bhandary and others were present.