‘Bal Mela’ inaugurated at Arunodaya Special School at Ukkunagaram
RINL Chairman-cum-Managing Director A.P. Choudhary on Sunday called for creating awareness on special children to involve corporates and other institutes to contribute in a big way to provide opportunities to them.
Inaugurating ‘Bal Mela’, an exhibition to sensitise people on differently-abled children at Arunodaya Special School at Ukkunagaram set up by Visteel Mahila Samiti (VMS) as part of corporate social responsibility of RINL, he said the society had a bigger responsibility to give opportunities for education and jobs for the special children.
Arunodaya School and VMS president Lata Choudhary, RINL Directors — Umesh Chandra (Operations), P. Madhusudan (Finance), Y.R. Reddy (Personnel), and P.C. Mohapatra (Projects) were present.
The RINL CMD reaffirmed that RINL-VSP was always in the forefront in extending help to special children of Aronodaya School.
Ms. Choudhary said Bal Mela would help in the process of integration of special children and prevent marginalisation, and it was a step forward in improving the quality of life of children with disability.
She called upon the VSP community to extend all support and cooperation to ‘Friends of Arunodaya’ to realise the objective of creating awareness among general public about these special children.
Bal Mela is the first major event of Arunodaya to create awareness about disability. ‘Friends of Arunodaya’, an initiative of young brigade of Visakhapatnam Steel Plant, in association with CSR department of VSP, to increase public participation in all activities associated with educating the differently-abled children.‘Lunch with special guests’, a fund-raising function, was organised.
RINL Executive Director R. Shankar interacted with the guests during lunch.
Schools in and around of Ukkunagaram participated in the mela by putting up of stalls and participating the various competitions. Dance, stage play, story writing, painting, quiz, and fashion walk competitions were conducted during this daylong mela.
VMS vice-presidents Sushma Chauhan, Annapurna Gowri, and Bindu Mohapatra participated in the concluding ceremony and distributed prizes to winners of various competitions. Around 250 children participated in the competitions.