On 4 December 2018, President A.P. Singh and Secretary Vinod Kapoor visited young Harsh Vardhan Dixit, who has been admitted to Chandigarh Rehab Centre for treatment. His stay at the centre is being sponsored by the club. He was involved in a freak accidental fall during practice at the bar while preparing for his defence service examination and he injured his spine.
His father approached our Club through PRIP R.K. Saboo and our members immediately offered to help the young boy who has been assured of a major improvement after three months of rehabilitation program. He should be able to walk with aids if all goes well.
The cost of the program is ₹40,000 per month, which includes stay, food and treatment at the Center.
We are grateful to the following members for pitching in to help Harsh Vardhan by contributing generously: PRIP R.K. Saboo – ₹40,000, G.S. Chawla – ₹15,000, S.P.S. Matharoo – ₹15,000, D.V. Bhatia – ₹10000, P.J. Singh – ₹40,000.
Independence day celebrations were held at Village Saketri where we are undertaking a major project in the slum area. Members from SEWA, Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan, volunteers and beneficiary families and their children were also present along with local leaders.
Initiating the program, Mrs Sunanda of SEWA thanked Rotary Club and Bhartiya Vidya Bhawan for supporting and encouraging the team. She shared the background of the project where the spadework started about one year back. The project has been able to initiate small changes in the community. From a few takers of the program to start off, the number has swelled to about 100. “The basti has brought in cleanliness and we will have an ideal clean basti and the same will be demonstrated on 2 October,” she said.
The entertainment program started with SEWA prayer titled Ae Malik tere bande Hum. A dance performance by two young girls on Desh rangeela song was appreciated by all. There was also a Gidha performance, followed by a solo dance by a young girl from the community.
President A.P. Singh said, “we wish to do the project efficiently and we wish to bring in change for the better and help the community overcome poverty and discrimination. Our endeavour is to work with the basti and the village so that we can help them live a better life.”
He added that parents should support their children in their efforts to educate themselves as also find their latent talents. “With their achievements, all in the family and society will benefit.” He also prompted children to work for a better life and standard of living by achieving career goals through hard work and dedication.
Vote of thanks was presented by Ms Sunanda of SEWA.
It was indeed a satisfying experience for all the Rotarians who attended the function.
On 10 July 2018, a MOU for the cremation ground toilets block renovation, expansion and provision of hand washing and bathing facilities was signed between Municipal Council Chandigarh and four partners (three corporate entities and Chandigarh Rotary Club Service Trust).
The partners providing funds are: PRIP RK Saboo, Rtn Jagesh Khaitan and Rtn PJ Singh through their companies/trusts, and RC Chandigarh through its Trust.
The project cost is Rs 40 lacs which will be contributed equally by the partners.
This project was initiated by PRIP Saboo on a request and a suggestion by the advisor, UT Chandigarh, and on a further request by the Commissioner MC. It is a first of its kind project where the total cost is being met by CSR and NGO funds. While providing better facilities to people who join in the last journey of those who leave this world, it will be an example of how partnership between the government and the governed can create meaningful infrastructure in the city.