A day of fun at YMCA

Bindu Shajan Perappadan

NEW DELHI: This weekend join `Challenge 2005 -- A Carnival in Aid of Disabled and Challenged' hosted by the Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) for a day of fun. Organised to highlight the condition of the challenged for which the YMCA programme centre at Nizamuddin works, the carnival on November 20 will have about 30 stalls selling handicraft, delicious vegetarian and non-vegetarian food.

There will also be games of skill and rides including the giant wheel for children. "The centre at Nizamuddin has more than 100 less-fortunate children of all faiths and denominations who spend the day under the total care of experts from various fields. This centre has children suffering from autism, physical disability and slower learning process.

For charity

It is for these children that New Delhi YMCA, through the money collected at the Carnival, is keen to build an ultra-modern learning centre at Nizamuddin.

The Carnival or `Challenge 2005' will be inaugurated at 11 a.m. and will go on till 9 p.m.," said chairman, Carnival Organising Committee, Norris Pritam.

Main attractions

This annual event saw the participation of over 15,000 people last year and this year the main attraction would be a professionally organised Fashion Show and Jam Session.

The entry to the Carnival is through Rs. 20 entry-cum-raffle ticket that carries prizes including a Maruti car, television, washing machine and other attractive prizes.

Raising funds

"While we are making an effort to raise funds for the challenged through the Carnival, it is also our endeavour to tell the challenged that we care for them. We in New Delhi YMCA very strongly and firmly believe that no amount of money can replace the care and affection that we want to give to these less fortunate children," added Norris.

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