27th September 2014
Rtr. Sunil, Rtr Ravi
~ Project Committee - Rtr. Bharath, Rtr. Rachel, Rtr. Yasvanth, Rtr. Sneha
~ On the 27th of September, Rotaract Club of Koramangala along with the Student Council of ReddyJana Sanga College, Koramangala organized SMILE 2014, a cultural and sports extravanganza for around 500 children from across orphanages in Bangalore. It was hard work that our core team members put in for a stretch of 2 months, as these children had to picked from their respective homes and brought to the venue. With a volunteer team strength of 150, these children were encouraged to participate in a variety of sports and cultural events according to their age group. Coloring, Dance, singing and mono-acting competitions were held on stage, whereas the sports activities like the more structured relays and 100, 400 mts dashes and the more fun lemon and spoon, sack race etc were held in the sports field.
~ The day was honoured by the presence of M.L.A ( Bommanahalli), Satish Reddy and the president of our Parent Club, Rtn. John Satish. We also had the President and Board members of the RJS management, co-ordinators and staff of the various homes, and students of Reddy College with us. Overall championship trophies were handed out to organizations that proved their talent in both cultural and sports. The children were also treated to a sumptuous lunch organized by the members of the club and student council. Each child was given a participation certificate, ad winners of each event were given trophies. We were also grateful to be supported by Bhasvar Vision India, Om Chandi Arts, Sri Sakthi Travels, City Kemp and Janshree Kannada as our partners for the day. Each organization was handed out 50kgs of rice and a first aid kit put together by the SMILE team. On the day of the event, it was wonderful to see our members come together( in shift basis, due to Rotary Habba Duties), to MC, co-ordinate with transport and orphanages etc. All together it was a very satisfying experience to interact with these children, feed them and saying goodbye was the hardest. It was an opportunity for us to understand and learn about managing huge project, multi-tasking and working with a completely younger student age group. This project taught us patience and most importantly humility. It also helped us achieve our dream of organizing a large community project. A big thanks to all our members who helped raise funds a share in the joy of SMILE 2014.