Funfair for Physically Challenged Children
A funfair for physically challenged children called ‘Corporate Commitment’ will be organised by the Shakti Foundation in the city on 4th September, 2010.
The event will have stalls set up by various corporate houses to express their solidarity towards the inclusion and integration of the children in the mainstream.
The event will start off with a pledge to be read for the physically challenged, which will be followed by a march past of 900 physically challenged children.
N. Ram, Editor – in – Chief, The Hindu will be the chief guest for the event.
On ‘Corporate commitment’ Vasanth Raghuvir, Chairman of Shakti Foundation, said, “the event is all about the corporate houses, for one day making time, setting aside schedules, forgetting deadlines and giving their time and presence selflessly to a segment of society that is in acute need of acceptance.”
Through the event the Foundation seeks to arrange for representatives from companies to interact closely with the children and visibly experience the challenges the children face.
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Cricketer Anil Kumble who has been associated with the Shakti Foundation for close to 13 years hoped that sensitivity towards the children would be sustained and extended to all walks of life and not confined to the single day.
“The corporate houses should dig deep into their pockets and contribute more for the cause,” he said.
Employees of Mahindra Holidays and Resorts India Limited (MHRIL) will perform a folk dance, as part of the event, for entertaining the children.
“Talented employees among us have been performing for the children for the past few years. With every funfair, the children are increasingly found to participate with us in the dance and magic shows, shedding their reluctance,” said Prabhakaran Nair, Divisional Manager, Human Resources, Mahindra Holidays and Resorts India Limited.
Funfair for persons with disabilities
The Shakti Foundation is organising a funfair ‘Corporate Commitment’ on August 20, at St. George’s School ground, Poonamallee High Road, in the city.
According to a press release, the fun fair is a platform for employees of corporate houses to spend time with persons with disabilities and to see the challenges they face on a daily basis.
Around 40 corporate houses will participate in the event to express their solidarity for the cause. “The entire event this year will be run by children with disabilities,” said Vasanth Raghuvir, Chairperson of the Shakti Foundation. The focus of the event is to integrate students with disabilities into the mainstream.
To reiterate this, the students will join popular percussion artists Sivamani and Selvaganesh at a performance being organised as part of the event.
A drawing competition for children will also be conducted. Children from 14 special schools and seven regular schools will participate in the event. Airtel is the principal sponsor for the event.