Special kids’ day out

Staff Reporter

ING Foundation organises ‘Chances for Children’ for them

GUNTUR: It was a day filled with fun and frolic for over 100 children at the Dakshinya Institute of Mentally Challenged, as they played, painted and danced to their hearts content at a programme organised by the ING Foundation on Thursday.

The programme, called Chances for Children, was held to mark the International Children Rights Day in 20 centres across the country and two in Andhra Pradesh.

“We have picked this school and we would be spending an entire day with the children, making them play games and sports. About 30 personnel belonging to various branches in the Vijayawada zone are taking part in the programme,” ING, Retail Banking, Regional Head, P. Ravindra Babu said.

It was a sight to see the children dressed in T-shirts with the logo of ING Foundation enjoying a day out on the open lawns of the sprawling premises at Swarna Bharathi Colony. The day started with a 100 metres race, followed by competitions in shotput. The sheer ebullience and enthusiasm of students was the striking feature of the competitions and the bank personnel, in their new roles of volunteers, too enjoyed themselves.

Creative strokes

After the dash and excitement, children let their creativity flow at the painting competitions held on the first floor of the institute.

Clutching a packet of coloured pencils, the children drew various shapes and coloured them under the guidance of teachers and volunteers.

After the lunch, children laughed and shrieked in excitement as they watched a movie screened through a projector.

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

“It has been a very satisfying experience for our staff and being with children with special abilities, sharing their passions and interests gave us immense joy,” Mr. Babu summed up.

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