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A cheerful Vidya gifting a 6th grader! Credits: Candy Floss

August 15th of every year, is like any other day for most of the youngsters  – the best part of it is the day being a holiday! Most of the teenagers stick to being ‘couch potatoes’ and probably keep switching between channels telecasting Rang De Basanti and Swades! The enthusiastic among the lot, take a step forward and perhaps head to the most happening pubs in town and groove to the Independence Day Bash by DJ Suketu or DJ Eeshan, along with other party animals! “Apart from the flag hoisting and the Independence Day Parade, the rest of the day passes on like every other day and this has been continuing since the past 62 years!” says Sowmya, a fashion designing student and a loyalist of the Sixth Element, a pub at Punjagutta. But the members of the Rotaract Club of St. Ann’s College took not a step but a leap further by visiting a government school at Bakaram village. (Picture: A cheerful Vidya gifting a 6th grader! Credits: Candy Floss)

The Rotaract Club of St. Ann’s College is comprised of students from various disciplines with a zeal to make a difference! 33,000 Rotaract Clubs are present in more than 200 countries worldwide, with more than 1.2 million members which are for young Rotaractors in the age group of 18 – 30 years. They work under the supervision of their parent club – Rotary International, headquartered at Lincolnwood, Illinois, USA. The current President of Rotary International is Dong Kurn Lee from China. Rotarians are the members of the club, who are above 30 years of age. Female Rotarians are referred to as Inner Wheel Members. Irrespective of the age, both the clubs with a motto, “Heart to God, hand to man” have gone out of their way to reach out to the needy and the unprivileged. “The Club also aims at professional development, leadership qualities, confidence building, multitasking, decision making, empowerment and improvement of one’s communication skills”, beams Vibhooti, the President of the Club.

The Zilla Parishad School at Bakaram that the Rotary Club of Hyderabad Central had adopted! Credits: Candy Floss

The Zilla Parishad School at Bakaram that the Rotary Club of Hyderabad Central had adopted! Credits: Candy Floss

Maya ma'am, a senior Rotarian encouraging the 5th graders! Credits: Candy Floss

Mrs. Maya, a senior Rotarian encouraging the 5th graders at the Zilla Parishad School! Credits: Candy Floss

The Presidential Citation Award that the Rotaract Club of At. Ann's was awarded 3 times in a row! Credits: Candy Floss

The Presidential Citation Award that the Rotaract Club of At. Ann's was awarded 3 times in a row! Credits: Candy Floss

The Rotary Club of Hyderabad Central, District 3150, headed by Mr. Ashok Chandwani as their President, adopted a Zilla Parishad School at Bakaram village, 60 kms away from the city. Every year, on Independence Day, a few Rotaractors from St. Ann’s College and a few Rotarians visit the school, interact with the little angels and give them gifts. This year, The Rotaractors conducted various competitions for the kids and the most talented of them were were awarded special prizes. “I’ve been here earlier and I’m surprised to learn that these kids recognize me very well! This year was special since we showed these tiny tots a presentation on ‘Swine Flu’, the latest epidemic since these kids have no access to the television, the newspaper or the internet. But surprisingly, some smart kids knew some of the homely remedies for the viral infection”, gushes an amused Anagha, a final year Genetics student. “This is the first time I’ve come along and it is one fantabulous experience! It feels great to see the joy on their beautiful faces when we gift them books and stationery and these kids are undoubtedly multifaceted!” opines Swathi, a second year Microbiology student.

The teachers at the Government School! Credits: Candy Floss

The teachers at the Government School! Credits: Candy Floss

The Rotaract Club has an official Instillation ceremony every year, wherein the cabinet members – the President, the Vice President, the Secretary,  the International Services Director, the Professional Development Director, the Community Services and Club Services Directors, the Treasurer and their second-in-powers are elected. Apart from these posts, excelling Rotaractors are presented with the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) and the Paul Harris Fellowships, named after the founder of the Clubs. “All of us come together as one team and work hand in hand, organizing fund raising programmes like the Green Greeting Programme – gifting saplings to friends on Friendships’ Day instead of the monotonous friendship bands and gifts, Flood Relief Programmes, Pulse Polio Campaigns, Awareness walks and DJ Nights, the profits of which would be given as charity”, recalls Anusha, an active Rotaractor.

“We are really excited that all these bhaiyyas and didis are visiting our school every year. They are coming here again on Teachers’ Day and donating some benches to our school. We’ll really miss them after they leave”, says Nikitha, a 9th grader, nearly in tears. Well, this is the impact that the Rotaract Club has while fulfilling it’s duties – spreading love and compassion all around!

Anybody, who would like to contribute their bit and make a difference to a million lives could register at http://www.rotary3150.org. Afterall, “Hands that help are holier than lips that pray”, aren’t they?

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4 Responses to “Lighting up lives – Rotaract Club of St. Ann’s!”

  1. srikyreddy says:

    g8 work………only few people have interest n spent there time over activies like this…cool
    this article is so inspiring that people show interest n like to participate…g8 job

  2. Satish Mantha says:

    of course helping hands are better than praying lips. i liked the Club focusing on one school. helping it develop completely is like rising a child, for its future. appropriating the funds to various schools would have compromised on the overall quality for a longer time for all those lucky schools. God bless Rotaract and Rotary.

  3. Enigmatic Euphony says:

    Awesum work! Great going!

  4. Meghali Ghosh says:

    hey…that was indeed a great day..am really glad and proud that we as Rotaractors are atleast trying to make a differnce in the lives of few school kids..and proud of you too..very well written…great going!!!:)

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