‘Brahmanand 2018’ – fun fair was organised by Swami Brahmanand Pratishthan on 7th December 2018 at Mangal Sabhagruha, CBD Navi Mumbai as a part of the World Disability Day celebration.
330 students from 15 Special schools of Navi Mumbai and Raigad District participated in the event. They were accompanied by their teachers and parents. The event was free of cost to all the participants and those who accompanied them.
Inauguration of the event was done at the hands of our dear students and guests Ms. Tasneem Reshamwala, Zonal coordinator of Zone 4- Inner Wheel District 314, Ms. Rohini Ravindran, President of IWC Deonar and judges Ms. Geeta Poduval and Ms. Amita Koli.
Also present in the event were Mr. Ganesh Karwade, Regional Manager of New India Assurance, Ms. Uma Iyer -Senior Divisional Manager, Ms. Jagruti Vaidya -Manager, Mrs. Ratnamala Dongargaonkar –Assistant Manager, President of IWC New Bombay Ms. Parvinder Kaur and President of IWC sunrise Kharghar Ms. Swati Shirolkar with the members of their clubs.
Innovative fun games were organised for the children by the staff members of SBP. At every stall the students exchanged their coupons and participated in the games. At the first stall the children were treated to a variety of Art & Craft activities like decorating paper bags, mehendi and tattoo.
The children tried their luck at the next stall with a game similar to snake and ladder. The games were so designed to challenge children of varying age groups and cognitive abilities.
The third stall took the children back in time with popular games played in villages with marbles, tamarind seeds, sticks and broken bangles.
The children were treated to many more challenging games in three other stalls. It was fun to watch children trying their hands at every stall and winning prizes after their victorious attempts.
Children also participated in the skit and dance competitions. The stage rocked with the enthusiastic performances of the students and they were eagerly cheered on by the audience. Judges Ms. Geeta Poduval founder of Dryzya and Ms. Amita Koli expressed that they had a tough time selecting the best performances. The winning schools for the skit competitions were –first prize-skills and ability, Nerul- Second Prize- Swami Brahmanand Pratishthan and third prize was given to Aai Day Care Centre, Pen Raigad District. In the solo performances Ms. Purva Nagare won the first prize and a student of the Early intervention centre of NIEPID got the second prize. There were five group dance performances in which the first prize was won by Aashray special school and second prize by Sunshine special school, Vashi and the third was given to the students of Nishaad Foundation, CBD
The young entrepreneur of Aditi’s Corner and ex student of SBP, Ms. Aditi Verma was invited as a special guest. She spoke about her journey as a business woman and expressed to friends like her that belief in self, hard work, self confidence and support of parents were the reasons for her being successful. She motivated all the students by saying”If I can, why can’t you?”
The children were treated to tasty breakfast, lunch, sweets and ice cream. All students went home gift hampers.
We are grateful to our event partners Galaxy surfactants ltd. Who contributed Rs.50000 , Mr. Nikhil Jasuja of Havmore who sponsored the ice cream, The New India Assurance Belapur Division Rs.10,000, Inner wheel clubs of zone 4 Dist. 314 collectively contributed 30000/- , Mr. Sunil Govekar –Rs.25000/, Ms. Sunit Marwah-Rs.10000, Ms. Geeta Shetty- Rs.10000, Dr.Apurva Agarwal-Rs.10000, Mr. Darshan Balgi-Rs.10000, Mr & Mrs. Maru –Rs.16000/ for breakfast, Mrs. Neetasha Jain-Rs.10000, Mr & Mr. Dhiraj Lakhwani-Rs.5000 & Mrs. Jyoti Rajput- Rs.5000/. Our media partners Nmtv gave coverage to the event.
Our gratitude to the members of Inner wheel club of New Bombay hillside, teacher trainees of NIEPID and friends of the Support group Uma Vaidyanathan, Vimala, Prajaktha, Pushpa Nair and our dear parents for volunteering during the event.
The event was successful due to the cumulative efforts of the staff members of SBP and all other volunteers and the blessings of our Guru Swami Brahmamand. Nearly 700 people were part of the event.