Rotary International President Gary Huang and spouse Corinna participated in the Rotary Day celebrations of District 3250 that covers Bihar and Patna. DG Sanjay Khemka welcomed the international guests after which they flagged-off a bike rally, Safar Siksha Ka (Journey for literacy) — wherein 10 bikers would cover a distance of 3,000 km in 10 days to spread the message of Rotary India’s literacy mission.
The programme organised at Rabindra Bhawan in Patna, had Rotarians from 73 clubs of the District and from the neighbouring Districts too. RIP Gary Huang handed over sewing machines, sponsored by Rotary clubs of Patna, to 100 women from underprivileged families. PDG Kamal Sanghvi anchored the event and Sanjay highlighted the landmark achievements of 3250. The Major Donors to TRF were honoured. A special stamp and First Day Cover issued by India Posts to commemorate the historic visit of RIP Gary Huang and Corinna was released by the RI President.
Rtn Michael Matulick, founder and champion of Australian non-profit, Soap Aid, spoke on the project — how it helps promote hygiene and sanitation in school children by recycling and reprocessing discarded soaps from hotels and turning them into new bars to be used for the cause. Rotary India Literacy Mission Chair Shekhar Mehta spoke on ‘Literacy – the only sustainable asset.’ RC Patna City distributed school bags and stationery materials to 350 children. Five new Rotary Clubs received their Charter from the RI President at the event.