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R. SRIKANTH
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Having fun: Differently abled Children of Guild of Service celebrating the annual children's party ' A Day of Fun and Entertainment ' in Chennai . Photo : R_Ravindran.
Having fun: Differently abled Children of Guild of Service celebrating the annual children's party ' A Day of Fun and Entertainment ' in Chennai . Photo : R_Ravindran.

The annual get together is the occasion when one is able to see a big smile on the faces of the children.

The one-day children's party organised by the Guild of Service (Central) in association with Rotary Club of Madras Metro, had all the events for a child to laugh about.

The annual event held at the Guild of Service campus, Egmore, on January 8, saw hundreds of children brought from various parts of the city with a smile on their faces. The programme kicked off with an entertainment programme comprising dance and singing competitions. During the entertainment programme presented by the children of the Guild, Keerthivarman, an 11-year-old physically-disabled, turned out to be the star attraction for his dance performance.

The boy studying in class six and a resident of the Guild of Service Home for Handicapped, Anna Nagar, won the hearts of those assembled at the campus.

To cap it all the entertainment programme by Smile Please orchestra troupe completely brought down the house with laughter and dance. The troupe led by Sathish performed several popular Tamil songs that made the children dance with joy.

Himani Datar, Secretary, Guild of Service (Central), said the event is conducted every year exclusively for children, who are economically backward and physically challenged, under the care of the Guild of Service. She says: “This is the only event where the children and others come from various places for a get together.”

Ms. Datar said that during the celebration, the children are provided breakfast, lunch and snacks, along with gifts. While breakfast was sponsored by Kapil Kumar, lunch was sponsored by Sri Janani Industries and Arun Interiors and snacks by Leo Matriculation School and ice cream by Murugappa Trust. Gifts to around 700 students were sponsored by the staff of Bank of India, Egmore branch.

Ganesh Kumar, president, Rotary Club of Madras Metro, participating in the valedictory function talked about the various welfare activities undertaken by the club for the Guild of Service. He distributed prizes to the winners of the various competitions.

S. Gopalakrishnan, vice-chairperson, also participated in the celebration.

The Guild of Service (Central) was established in 1923 by Mary Clubwala Jadhav. The Guild runs several welfare programmes targeted at physically and mentally-challenged children, senior citizens, vocational training for destitute women and outreach programmes all over the State.

Ms. Datar said the Guild ran six schools, four homes, eight welfare and rehabilitation centres, had opened crèches and adoption units and operated children feeding programme through ‘Nutrition-on-Wheels.' She said all the ongoing programmes are sponsored by several institutions.

R. SRIKANTH

The get-together at Guild of Service was a class entertainer.

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