The excitement in the air was palpable as special children infused life into the black and white pictures etched on chart papers. The little artists added an assortment of colours to turn the sketches into work of art. The colouring competition conducted for special children by the Rotary Club of Tiruchi Fort in St. Joseph’s College in the city on Wednesday, saw participants vying for the top spot under four categories: below 5 years, 6 to 10, above 10 years, and open category exclusively for the hearing impaired.

Around 200 children, including mentally challenged, hearing and locomotor-impaired, from Dolphin Special School, Santosh Special School, Sri Sivananda Balalaya, Nambikai Agam, TMSS MR School, Asha Deepam, and Poornodaya Trust, took part in the event.

The programme was organised to provide a platform for special children to showcase their skill. .

Afrin of TMSS bagged the sole prize in the open category. Hamshini of Poornodaya Trust, Jenita of Santosh Special School and Arunachalam of Dolphin Special School bagged the first three prizes in the ‘below 5 years’ category.

Gokulakrishnana of Poornodaya Trust, Vigneshwaran of Sri Sivananda Balalaya, and S. Albert of Santosh Special School pocketed the first three spots in the ‘6 to 10 years’ category. Sibin Thomas of TMSS, R. Kavitha of Nambikai Agam, R. Deepak of Sivananda Balalaya and A. Stephen of Asha Deepam won the first, second, and third prizes respectively in the ‘above 10’ category. All the participants were given gifts. S. Gopal, governor, Rotary District 3000, K.Selavaraj, president, Rotary Club of Tiruchi Fort, teachers, and Rotarians were present.