Children make ‘Season of Love’ lively

Staff Reporter

Entertainment, performances and cakes at Christmas Eve celebrations

CHENNAI: Children from various orphanages across the city celebrated the ‘Season of Love’ on Monday. They were guests at the Christmas Eve celebration organised by Tamil Maiyam and Goodwill Communications at St. George’s Anglo Indian School on Poonamallee High Road.

Volunteers dressed as Santa Claus entertained the nearly 1,000 children, including the differently-abled, from 30 organisations present at the event. Besides singing, several of them danced to the tunes ushering in Christmas. Children who performed with red balloons stole the show.

Some of them also had their face painted with various designs during the event.

Showcasing skills

Founder of Tamil Maiyam Jegath Gasper Raj said this was an attempt to provide them an opportunity to showcase their skills and enjoy such celebrations, usually provided only in big shopping malls. There were facilities such as huge bouncy castles that kept them happy.

Archbishop of Madras Mylapore Diocese A.M. Chinappa was present during the function, wherein the children were provided Christmas cakes and dinner.

A group of 13 girls from a short stay home run by Madras Christian Council of Social Welfare (MCCSW) were getting trained at a free folk dance workshop. Deftly reproducing the movements, the girls seemed like professional dancers. Selvi of Murasu Kalai Kuzhu said the girls were being trained in folk dances such as Kolattam, Oyilattam and Kayilattam.

MCCSW director R. Isabel said the camp provided a respite for the girls who had to deal with their difficult situations. “We plan to use this experience in our cultural programmes,” said Ms. Isabel, adding that more girls were expected to take part in the workshop in the next few days.

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