Thank You for the Overwhelming Support for the Event
For Photographs of the Walk on 09 Feb -> Click Here
Some quick youtube links of Media coverage of Uninor Rotathon :-
Press Meet –TV5 Coverage
TV 5 MORNING LIVE
TV 5 EVENING NEWS
About the Event
Where: Necklace Road, Hyderabad
Distance: 5KM Walk for Adults & 3KM for Children & Sr.Citizens
There was a festive air at Necklace Road in the early hours of 9 th February, 2014. The worker bees of Rotary Club of Secunderabad West and the youngsters of Shooting Starz (our event Manager) were busy setting up the place to host the first UNINOR ROTATHON.
Soon after sunrise, people started pouring in. Some had registered on line, others had registered with the Rotarians or volunteers & ambassadors while several others came for spot registration.Soon the whole ground was looking like a sea of white with all of them sporting the T-Shirt of UNINOR ROTATHON.
President, Rtn.Naina Desai, welcomed the crowd with a loud “Good Morning Hyderabad” and explained the purpose of the 5Km walk. It was a fund raiser to expand our adopted school Madhav Vidyalaya,Balajinagar, Yapral which caters to the less privileged children and for ten other schools in Southern India. The children of Madhav Vidyalaya showcased their talents by putting up a great performance including Swagatham Dance.
The walkers ranged in age from 2yrs (in a pram pushed by the parents) to 75 years.
After honouring the various Guests of Honour, the event was flagged off by the fitness expert Dinaz Vervatwala,businessman and philanthropist Pramod Agarwal, Sudarshan Acharya of Lead India20-20, Satish of Uninor & DGN Gopinath Reddy Vedire.
The walkers were led by Chandrasekhar, a physically challenged person in his tricycle who supported the cause & Royal Bullets on their motor bikes. Refreshments were provided after the walk.TV5, TV9 & HMTV channels covered the event. A flash mob presented their number and people had the opportunity for a photo-op at backdrops specially provided for the purpose.
It was indeed a very exhilarating experience to be part of this event. It has created awareness about the need for educating underprivileged children and empowering women and giving an equal opportunity to the girl child. It was a indeed a small but a great step on the long journey of“Total Literacy Mission” – the vision of Rotary to eliminate illiteracy in South Asia by 2017.
People went back with a happy feeling that by sacrificing a couple of hours of sleep in the early Sunday morning they have helped underprivileged children to get a proper education. A laudable effort indeed.
Donate for the Literacy Projects
(Building School for Less Privileged Children)
a) Contribute for Bricks (minimum 20 Bricks-Rs.100 and in multiples of 20 Bricks-Rs.100) - Please contribute how much ever your heart and purse permits to help a great future for the less privileged children.
b) You may also contribute for construction - Rs.1500 per Sq.Feet (and multiples thereof).
c) For those who contribute Rs.1,00,000/- or more, the donor name will be inscribed on a granite plaque outside the classroom
All Donations above Rs.1000/- made by Cash/Cheque are eligible for deduction under Section 80G of Income Tax Act.
In Rotary the leadership changes every year on 01 July. It is rare to find such an organization where leadership changes every year (Across the world starting from the Rotary International President to the Local club presidents). However the organization has been consistently doing great work across the globe for the past 108 YEARS.
This year on 01 July 2014, Rtn Gary Huang will take over as the Rotary International President. He chose Light Up Rotary as his theme for 2014-15. Huang was inspired by the teachings of Chinese philosopher Confucious who said: "It is better to light a single candle,than to sit and curse the darkness."
"There are so many problems in the world, so many people who need help. Many people say, 'There's nothing I can do.' So they sit there doing nothing. Meanwhile everything stays dark," Huang told the 537 district governors and their spouses and partners who are attending the 2014 International Assembly in San Diego, California.
"The Rotary way is the Confucius way. The Rotary way is to light a candle. I light one, you light one, 1.2 million Rotarians light one. Together, we light up the world," said Huang, who is a member of the Rotary Club of Taipei in Taiwan.
After announcing his theme at the opening session of the five-day training meeting, Huang urged club members to Light Up Rotary in the coming year by hosting a Rotary Day in their community and including local Rotaract and Interact members in their service projects.
"How you Light Up Rotary is up to you," Huang said. "You know where you are strong, you know what your community needs, and you know how you can help."
Huang also shared his membership development goals, including the need for more women and young adults and his goal to increase membership to a total of 1.3 million members. He asked Rotarians to invite their spouses, family members, and friends to join Rotary.
"We need to assume leadership for building strong clubs, and that starts with bringing in new members," he said.
Addressing the status of the fight against polio, Huang noted that with the current momentum Rotary is on track to achieve full polio eradication by 2018.
"When we eradicate polio — and we will — we will have proved ourselves an organization capable of great things. And we'll be even better equipped for the next challenge we choose to take on. We'll have given the world a gift that will endure forever," he said.
By continuing to fight against polio, setting an example in local communities, and growing membership, Huang hopes to see Rotary shine brighter than ever.
" Light Up Rotary is our theme, but it is more than our theme. It is how we live in Rotary, how we think in Rotary, how we feel,how we work," Huang said. "It is how we make a difference — every day, in every club, every district, and every country where we serve."
RI President - Monthly Message- Click Here to Read