Kolkata: It was Children's Day with a difference for these special kids. To celebrate India's first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru's birth anniversary (November 14), the Lions Club of Kolkata Academia took it upon themselves to make the occasion memorable and auspicious for 100 differently-abled kids on Sunday.
Giving the Children of a Lesser God a different experience, 94 differently-abled children from five
schools including "New Age Society for All" visited the Governor's House on Sunday. The children interacted with Keshari Nath Tripathi, Governor of Bengal and sought his blessings.
It was a fun-filled occasion for the kids, starting from face painting to being treated to a magic show and cutting a cake. The children were given a jacket each (Jawhar Coat usually sported by Nehru) made of khadi, a white topi like the one used by Panditji and a red rose which Nehru loved. At a face painting session,
they were encouraged to decorate their faces with the Tricolour.
Tripathi addressed the children at Raj Bhavan and encouraged them with his valuable and inspiring words. The Governor also blessed the underprivileged children and urged them to lead a normal life. Soon after, the kids spent time playing with Tricolour balloons which were released at the sprawling lawns.
The few, who had the skill to draw, participated in a drawing competition and got gifts from Pramod Chandak, the Lions District Governor.
Each of the students was gifted with a hamper comprising a school bag, an umbrella, a wrist watch, a sunglass, a tiffin box, a water bottle, a food packet and so on.
This initiative by the Lion's Club was to create awareness about the differently-abled children so that they are
cared for and find their due place in society.