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Thought for the day: Women dressed as fairies entertaining special children during Happy Day celebrations at the British High Commissioner’s residence in New Delhi on Monday.
Thought for the day: Women dressed as fairies entertaining special children during Happy Day celebrations at the British High Commissioner’s residence in New Delhi on Monday.

Staff Reporter

“It is our way of repaying the community that we live in”

NEW DELHI: To bring a smile on the faces of underprivileged, differently-abled and orphaned children, G4S, a world leader in security solutions, organised a special ceremony at the British High Commission here on Monday.

To celebrate “Happy Day” festivities that revolve round an imaginary theme of fairyland, wonderland or dreamland, David Hudson, Regional President of G4S North Africa, Middle East and South Asia, announced establishment of a school for the disadvantaged children at Pappankalan that will provide free education, food and uniforms to help 300 disoriented children whose parents were out to earn daily wages doing laborious work.

The children will be enrolled from slum clusters in and around that area. The management of the school will be entrusted to the Hope Foundation.

The celebrations included a dream venue, “Happyland-2008”, featuring a chocolate garden, a treasure hunt, an adaptation of snakes and ladders, an enactment of the fairytale Cinderella and stories from “Panchatantra”.

Former India cricket captain Nawab of Pataudi was the guest of honour.

Stating that “Happy Day” was conceived with children in mind, Mr. Hudson said: “It is the intention of G4S employees to bring joy and happiness to disadvantaged children. It is our way of repaying the community that we live in and helping those who are less fortunate. Happy Day is being celebrated across 26 countries, spanning North Africa to South East Asia.”

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