Saturday, August 16, 2008

Report and snaps of DI Chennai I-day celebration@Vasantham

Dear Friends,

After three long years, I finally got to be in India for the Independence day. And quite honestly, it could not have got any better than this. DreamIndia team in Chennai celebrated Independence day along with the special children of Vasantham.DI members present were: Srinivasan, Elavarasi, Aparna, Aarti and myself. Also my friends from TCS Chris, Anitha and Mogana Priya joined us.

Elavarasi, Aarti and myself we started from Thiruvanmiyur by 6.45 AM. Elavarasi and Aarti bought sweets for the children very thoughtfully. We reached Vasantham around 8 and straight away our friends started assisting in setting up things for the function. Srini also joined us soon. Later, after making the arrangements, we were served breakfast. TCS friends joined us in sometime too.

Flag was hoisted by our chief guest Ms. Vidya madam, Director L&D Inautix. After this, we had intro session of all those who have been supporting Vasantham for years. It was hearting to see a group from Anna University, all second year students, doing really wonderful job. Also present was a retired IPS officer, Mr.Kannan, a very humble man.This was followed by a speech from Vidya madam.

The real action started from then, yeah the kids took center stage :-) First we had welcome dancing [ dun miss the videos guys ], Gandhi song dance, Story on Unity is strength, News reading, Special dance by Sathish [ this kid was amazing ], Skit and dance by Anna Univ Students which we too joined :-) I have got the videos of almost all the programs from children for you. The excellent performance of them showed how talented these children are. [ All those who have been to Manavya would be able to appreciate this ].

After prize distribution to the kids, the function came to an end with vote of thanks followed by us all singing National Anthem. Not to forget the wonderful lunch they had ready for us:). Overall, the special kids of the special school made the I-day an amazing one for everyone present.

Relive the moment [ includes videos as well ] :

On behalf of DI, special thanks to all those friends who made it. And a very special thanks to Alli madam for inviting us all to be a part of the special day.

Dream India

"Hesitating to act because the whole vision might not be achieved, or because others do not yet share it, is an attitude that only hinders progress." - Mahatma

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