A RYLA for special children

It was three days of fun, excitement and games for the 124 differently-abled children at the RYLA Vishesh 2019 hosted by RC Chandigarh Midtown, RID 3080. “The main aim of this event was to bring out the personal and leadership qualities of the special kids through fun activities,” said Salil Dev Singh Bali, Club President.

PRIP Rajendra Saboo with Rotarians of RC Chandigarh Midtown after giving  wheelchairs and sewing machines to beneficiaries.
PRIP Rajendra Saboo with Rotarians of RC Chandigarh Midtown after giving wheelchairs and sewing machines to beneficiaries.

The event was inaugurated by the ­Punjab’s Minister of Social Security, Women and Child Development Aruna Chaudhary. She complimented the club for its efforts in putting together an exclusive RYLA for special children. The training-cum-fun programmes included a series of exciting activities for the participants. Yoga, sports, indoor games, dance and many such programmes gave the adrenaline rush for children. “One of the sessions that was enjoyed thoroughly by the participants was the art therapy workshop conducted by Charu Gupta, an artist,” said Bali. To encourage the participants, awards and certificates were given to the best performers while all the children were given RYLA certificates.

At the event PRIP Rajendra Saboo handed over wheelchairs, a tricycle and a ­sewing machine to a few ­physically and ­mentally-challenged students. Ritu Dhingra, spouse of DG Jitendra Dhingra, said that ₹70,000 will be given to the club to part-fund this annual event. Later, a cricket match was organised for the special children, followed by a bonfire.

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