Student rallies focus on safe driving

CHENNAI NOV. 1. A series of awareness campaigns were organised in the city today by the Rotaract Council on the occasion of the 99th anniversary of the Rotary International.

Termed `Rotary 99, the programmes included a rally by students on road safety, a treasure hunt and an attempt to create a Guinness record for the largest human national flag.

College and school students took out a rally to spread awareness of the importance of wearing helmets. The rally, jointly organised by the Rotary Club of Madras Chenna Patna and the traffic police, began from the office of the Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic), Vepery, and wound its way through Poonamalee High Road, before reaching the final venue — Nehru Stadium. The Deputy Commissioner of Police, Traffic (North), Abash Kumar, flagged off the rally.

The club members donated 99 helmets to traffic police personnel, said the Assistant District Rotaract Representative, Ajay Jalan.

About 100 girl students from various colleges, riding two-wheelers, took out a rally, to spread the message of safe driving.

Students from three city schools attempted to set a new Guinness record for the largest human national flag. A total of 1,857 students of the SBOA Matriculation Higher Secondary School, the Bhaktavatsalam Vidyashram and the Bhaktavatsalam High School made a formation depicting the Indian tricolour.

The 252.4-foot long and 27.2-foot wide formation was also to mark 75 years of Rotary's presence in south India. Organisers said the previous record for human arrangement, which found mention in the Guinness Book of World Records, was made in September 2002 at Massachusetts in the U.S., where 1,300 participants depicted the U.S. flag in a formation that measured 120 X 43 feet.

A 99-foot, 160 kg cake was cut. About 1,200 eggs, 80 kg of sugar and 32 kg of chocolate were used to prepare the cake, according to Jugesh Arora, executive chef of Le Royale Meridien.

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