Drawing competition was one of the events held
A daylong programme called Anand Utsav was organised for children from slums by Darshan Udyog Samuha (DUS) and Mahesh Foundation here on Sunday.
As many as 64 children participated. Among the programmes held was a drawing competition. Noted artist Jayashree Achrekar was the judge of the competition. The event was planned not just to enable the children to have fun and make merry at the picturesque Kote Kere garden in the heart of the city but also to provide a platform for them to exhibit their talents. Deputy Commissioner V. Anbukkumar, and industrialist and social worker Suresh Hundre distributed the prizes to winners.
Ravi Kondur bagged the first prize, Ravi Igoti secured the second prize and Mahantesh Igoti got the third prize. A special prize was given to 3-year-old Laxmi.
Mr. Anbukkumar lauded the organisers for the initiative taken by them for the benefit of the children living in slums. He stressed that such social activities should be conducted regularly and social organisations could play a significant role in that direction. These fun-based educational activities would help children of slum-dwellers to exhibit their talent and also provide them exposure needed for them to think of creating a better future for themselves. Mr. Hundre lauded the DUS and Mahesh Foundation for having organised several activities for the downtrodden in the past couple of years. He said he would extend his support in their future endeavours. Director of DUS Ashquin Ajrekar said all the participants were presented with a drawing kit, one kg of rice and a Certificate of Participation. The participants were provided lunch and they were given an opportunity to play several games so that the day became memorable for them.
He also thanked Mahesh Jadhav of Mahesh Foundation and young social worker Tofiq Momin who joined hands for the social cause.