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Differently abled children participating in a tricycle race at B.R. Stadium in Guntur on Tuesday. —Photo: T. Vijaya Kumar
Differently abled children participating in a tricycle race at B.R. Stadium in Guntur on Tuesday. —Photo: T. Vijaya Kumar

Over 1,000 differently abled children from various parts of the district had a day out in the sun as they played, painted, raced, and danced to their hearts content at the Sports and Cultural competitions held at B.R Stadium to mark International Day of Persons with Disabilities on Tuesday. A tricycle race was the highlight of the event that was flagged off by district Collector S. Suresh Kumar. Additional Joint Collector Nageswara Rao, Assistant Director, Department of Welfare, R. Kesava Reddy, Project Director, Mepma, Krishna Kapardhi, and District Sports Development Officer G. Venkateswara Rao were present.

Children from various homes run by NGOs made it to the stadium. Children from Dakshinya Institute, St. Ann’s Mano Vikas Kendram, AMG Home. and other homes dressed in T-shirts enjoyed a day out at the stadium. The sheer ebullience of the students was the striking feature of the competitions, and the district officers in their new roles of volunteers too enjoyed themselves.

Dressed in attires of various national leaders and freedom fighters, the children were a sight to behold. Children took part in various games such as caroms, chess.

In the evening, the organisers distributed prizes to the winners of the competitions.

The collector said there were 55,000 persons with various disabilities, out of whom the district administration had provided disability cards to 49,000 persons.

He said the government would do everything to assist the differently abled persons and urged bankers to help them with liberal financial assistance.

Over 1,000 differently abled children from various parts of the district take part in sports and cultural competitions


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