LIFE

A festival for the sake of children's health

SAVERA ASSOCIATION and The Claridges Hotel in Delhi have joined hands to promote children through an "Autumn festival" here on October 19. A fund-raising event, the proceeds of the festival will be utilised for the primary health care centre and pre-school education at Savera.

The stalls at the festival will have interesting saleable items like Diwali gifts, chocolates, perfumes, books, candles, appaerel, imported foods and cosmetics. Visitors can indulge in Indian, Chinese or Continental cuisine as well as delights from the bakery. Also, entertainment options for children, like the candyfloss man and a live cartoon character, will ensure the celebration of youthful energy and art.

People visiting the festival will also witness a song sequence sung by the Savera children, which will mark the beginning of Mausiki - a private musical collection of The Claridges.

To mark the beginning of the autumn festival, a painting competition was organised on October 9 among 40 talented children of Savera. The theme of the competition was "Festival of Lights".

Children between 5-10 years participated in the competition and put their creative energies in their paintings. A total of 20 selected paintings will be displayed at the festival where three best exhibits will be awarded.

These paintings will become a part of the Claridges Art Gallery.

A registered charitable society created by a group of 16 women, the Savera Association have tried to use their social status and their resources for a cause. "Children are a gift of God and to see them happy is our ultimate motto.

The festival will help us raise funds for underprivileged children," says Nimmi Singh, Savera chairperson.

By Kannan K.

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