10 classrooms built by Bombay RT 2 to benefit 750 school children

Bombay Round Table 2 and Bombay Ladies Circle 56’s school project “Dnyansadhna Vidhyala”

The school is located in one of the largest slums of Mumbai (Shivaji Nagar). The literacy rate in the area is extremely low. The school caters to children of extremely low income family mainly daily wages workers.

There are approximately 750 children studying in the school.

The school is located very close to the largest garbage dump yard of Mumbai (Deonar Dump yard).

When we visited the school, the school building was in a very decapitated stage. The building was not only unfriendly and unhygienic, but extremely unsafe also. The floor of many classrooms had sunk in and there was a high risk of the building collapsing. Thus there was an urgent need to construct a new building.

We thus brought down the entire structure and built a new building with 10 classrooms and separate toilet block for boys and girls. Also new science lab and computer lab has been built. Total Area of Construction is 2750 sq ft with at a cost of Rs. 38.00 Lacs.

We hope with this new building the school would be able to provide better conditions for quality education to more than 750 students studying there.

Regards,
Tr. Viral Kedia,
Chairman, Bombay RT 2
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RTI Week: Day 6 & 7 @ Ahmedabad RT 40

RTI Week of ART-40 and ALC-64

Day 6

19th November, 2016

The date 19/11/2016 is very special for 40-64 Family because it was the first death anniversary of our dear Tr. Utkarsh Jani (UJ). We have decided to male this date special and decided to do something which can be considered as our small gesture to our dear friend UJ.

 We have decided to adopt a girl child named Manisha who is suffering from Leukaemia (a type of Cancer). The doctor who was doing the treatment of UJ had told his wife Chaitali that if this girl gets chemo-therapies and medicines at appropriate time, there is 80% chance that the girl child can be saved.

 Post gaining knowledge over the medical expenses properly which is proposed to be incurred on the girl child, our Table and Circle had jointly decided to adopt the same girl and start with her treatment immediately. We have informed the doctors to start with the treatment immediately. On 19/11/2016, when we gave the cheque, the doctors have express the gratitude towards the noble cause done by us.

 On that day after the project, we felt happy and satisfied on doing this wonderful project . UJ my brother you will always be missed.

 Day 7

20th November, 2016

On this day ART-40 and ALC-64 had done two activities:

A)   Project

We have decided to donate the dinner of mentally challenged students of Prakash School in Ahmedabad. These kids apart from being mentally challenged are also orphans. At evening 6 o’ Clock we went to the orphanage and the admin staff had given us the food to serve the kids. When we were serving the food the kids were laughing and clapping on us. May be funny but this give goosebumps to us. The kids have enjoyed the meal with sweets on the last day of RTI Week.

 Thank you RTI for giving us this opportunity of doing this wonderful project quite frequently.

 B)   Fellowship  

 ART-40 had hosted a Ghazal Night by a famous singer Atul Bhrambhatt as a part of our celebration towards successful RTI Week. The said Ghazal Night was hosted at the residence of Tr. Priyam Patel.

 We have also invited NNBS Students and Coaches who have come to visit Area XI along with the NNBS Team, we have invited the National and Area NNBS Convener for the evening. We enjoyed the wonderful Ghazals and Bollywood Songs till 1 A.M in the Night. 

 All the team members were dressed up in Traditional giving perfect match at the ambience and decor at the venue.  The food was delicious and spicy. We were glad to see that the NNBS Students who has travelled from Netherlands and landed in Ahmedabad on the same day early morning were not tired and they also danced till 1 A.M in the morning.

 We would like to thank Tr. Priyam for giving us a wonderful event. I would also like to thank 40-64 Family, National Board and Area Board for their continuous support during the entire RTI Week.

 Thanks and Regards
LMF Tr. Ankit Parikh
Chairman ART-40
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RTI Week: Day 3,4 & 5 @ Ahmedabad RT 40

RTI Week of ART-40 / ALC – 64

 Day 3

16th November, 2016

ART-40 and ALC-64 had decided to donate

·         4 Sewing Machines

·         5 Hearing aids

·         10 Cataract Operations

To the needy and handicapped people of the society. The Cataract Operations were planned at Bareja Hospitals where we have invited 10 poor and old people for their Cataract Surgeries. The doctors checked them – (6 Ladies and 4 Gents) and then did their surgeries. We have met all of them and they have given their good wishes to our team and organisation.

From Bareja, then we went to Blinds People Association where we have given 4 Sewing Machines from which they will earn for their daily needs. We have also given 5 Hearing aids to old aged people above 60 years who were 80% or more deaf.  After giving them the hearing aid, they gave good wishes to us by stating that “You Never Become Deaf in Your Entire Life”. 

A very satisfying project on the occasion of RTI Week done by us.

 Day 4

17th November, 2016

ART-40 and ALC-64 had decided to donate

·         5 Tube lights

·         4 Fans

·         100 pair of shoes

At Andh Apang Kalyan Kendra, a school for blind and handicapped people. 

We were informed by the school authorities that they were in need of Tube light and Fans so that the student can be given a better facility and atmosphere to study in the classroom. We also came to know that these are the 100 students who had never worn school shoes in their entire life.

Our Tr. Akshit personally went to the school and requested the school teachers to give the shoe sizes of all the students. Based on the sizes received, we have ordered 100 pair of shoes and donated the same to the school on the occasion of RTI Week. The said shoes are specially as per the size of the respective students.

As per the school authorities, now the students have complete uniform including shoes to study in the classroom. We felt very happy to provide smiles on the faces of 100 kids on this day.

 Day 5

18th November, 2016

ART-40 and ALC-64 have decided to donate Speaker and Mic at old age homes where 50 old people are residing. Donation is given because they wanted to do Bhajans and Musical Programs as a part of their routine activities.

We have also sponsored the lunch for the day. As a matter of good gesture, the end of the old age home, they have organised a Satyanarayan Katha. We have attended the said Katha and also did Aarti of Lord Satyanarayan. Old people gave us good wishes and blessings for the wonderful work done by us.

We have also enjoyed the Prasad and Lunch along with the old people.

Proud to be a Tabler
Thanks and Regards
LMF Tr. Ankit Parikh
Chairman ART – 40
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RTI Week: Day 1 & 2 @ Ahmedabad RT 40

Round Table India week celebration by Ahmedabad Round Table 40 and Ahmedabad Ladies Circle 64

 14th November 2016 to 20th November 2016.

ART-40  and ALC-64 had planned the RTI week for 7 days commencing from 14th November 2016 and ending on 20th November 2016. In this 7 days we will be doing 13 projects of different types for Under Privileged Kids, Handicap People, Old People, Cancer Patient and Swachhta Abhiyan.

Day 1

14th November 2016

This was the First day of our RTI week and our First project was giving/ distributing food to 500 Under Privileged kids on children’s day. This initiative is our Second phase of 40-64 feeds project. In this project we have collected Rs 100 from tablers/ circlers for giving food to Under Privileged childrens. We got massive collection of Rs 1,00,000 from tablers/circlers across India. The First edition of this project was done on 02 October,2016. Where we have given food to 500 kids 

This time we have divided our member in two teams who went to slums of Prahaladnagar and Vasana. We have distributedthem Chole, Puri, Gulab Jamun, Pulav, 1kg Atta and 1 Perk Chocolate. We had some balanced food left up which was being distributed to Pirana slum as well.

Our good cause was even covered by media on the same day. One of the leading Newspaper DNA covered our entire activity and also printed the same on the eve of Children’s day.

All in all a very satisfying project wherein we have feed 1000 under privileged kids on auspicious day on 2nd October 2016 and 14th November 2016.

Day 2

15th November 2016

We have decided to donated

·         Tricycle

·         Wheelchair

·         Artificial Limbs

to handicapped and needy people of the society. The project was organized at Blind People Association at 11 am in the morning. We have given Tricycle to couple of ladies who were in need of the same. One of the lady told us that she wants the tricycle since past 10 years and has approached various NGO/Charitable Organization but are not able to receive the same. She on receipt of Tricycle had given us lot of blessings which even touched our heart.

We have given the artificial limbs in form of Hands/legs to the student who have lost the same at very young age. The boy who got the leg felt the sense of Independent walking without any stick or support.

The said activity was even covered by Local TV channel GSTV and they have also taken our interview to understand about RTI and good activities done by us.

We are happy that RTI has given us the platform of giving back something to the society.

Proud to be a Tabler
Thanks and regards
LMF Tr Ankit Parikh
Chairman – ART-40
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Inter-table Rock On Fellowship @ Hubli on National Fellowship Day

Rock On Fellowship

City table fellowship of Four City tables HRT- 37, HCRT- 142, HART-153 and HKRT -178 and Dharwad City Table DRT- 60 with the theme ROCKON to celebrate National Fellowship Day. Local Authentic Food Savji delicacy being the highlight of the party. There was Special DJ and Dance floor arranged to enjoy to the core. Tr. Druv Dalmiya was the chief guest of the night. All in all All Five city tablers, Ladies and twinkler found fine bonding during the night.

Tr. Gaurav Khullar Welcomed the dignitaries on behalf of all. AST Sundeep Mani congratulated HART- 153 for Super Cyclothon and also recognized Super Treasurur Tr. Pramod Hiremath. AVC Tr. Sachin Shah Thanked all for the spectacular Cyclothan which had more than 1500 participants. AC Tr. Mahendra Yadav said Khudos to HART-153 for the wonderful event Cyclothon which is now National event. He recognized Tr. Janeshwar Belamkar, Cyclothon Convenor and Tr. Kartik Chavan, Publicity Convenor as AREA- 10 SUPER STAR. National Secretory Tr. Druv Dalmiya appreciated hospitality of Area 10 and he congratulated all for having great year. He also Said cyclothon of HART 153 is one of the best event he has attended.

Regards
LMF Tr. Pawan Pawar
IT & Blog Convenor – Hubli Accent RT 153

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Fellowship: “Jungle Book – Van mein Fun” / Hubli Knights RT 178

Jungle Book – Van mein Fun on 23 Oct 2016

We started the day at 4.15 am – I & Tr Sandy woke up & got ready in a jiffy. Reached the designated meeting point at 5 am. Started calling all who had confirmed participation, to arrive on time or start as early as possible so that we can cover all that we had planned. Slowly the tablers started trickling in, some chipper and bushy tailed, some hung over, some bleary eyed and some just plain grumpy. The visages told the tale as to who was a morning person & who’s a nocturnal creature.

A cook was supposed to accompany us for the journey, as the plan was to have freshly made breakfast and trail rations cooked on the fly boot camp style during the trek. But Murphy had other ideas and you know the old adage about the best laid plans!

To cut a long story short, the cook weaseled out of the job at 10pm on Saturday and we had to scramble to organise breakfast from aditya hotel and lunch from Vaibhav hotel.

Flashback to the previous day and a little background on the pre event plans:

About a week prior to the event, one fine Tuesday morning, I & Tr Sandeep Harapanahalli were tossing around ideas of having a “Hatke” fellowship, something that would be completely out of the box and not ventured before. Tr. Sandy took it up on himself to create something with a whole lot of personal touches. He made a snap decision to create stuff as he had a major spurt of inspiration hitting him right at that very moment and he sketched out stuff that could be hand crafted and used by all attendees. He took 20 man hours of work to eke out totems, goodie bags & custom handmade stuff for the fellowship / trek into the jungles of Ulvi. Tr Ankesh chipped in by sourcing caps & the banner and the print job for both.

An unconventional choice was made with respect to transport – a 909 was booked with the loading bay decked out in mattresses and beds by Gadagkar shamiyana, courtesy pH – our perennial pNpC as we fondly call him.

Tr Sandy collared a tour guide – sangu, who helped chart out the trail, the trek and all the relevant logistics for the day. The plan was to start the Stag Fellowship as early as possible, before the crack of dawn.  Most of us had attended the Rocktoberfest on 22nd – hosted by Tr Siddhart Nayak of HRT 37 and we were back home by 2.30am. I got up at 4.15am and the merry go round started off from there.

On 23rd morning at 6am:

We were waiting for the early morning victuals to arrive, courtesy Tr Santosh, the designated meals on wheels convener. He turned up with piping hot grub at 6am & Tr Prasad chipped in with wafers, adding to the breakfast bounty. Once the Hubli guys assembled, we hopped on into the load deck of the cargo 909 & set off on our merry way – destination:  Dharwad, to pick up VD & Vikrant. We devoured the breakfast in record time as soon as the 909 went into motion. Parth & Vishal drove down to Vikrant’s house by Vishal’s car. AD & Doc Sachin shifted to the car to give them company.

The real journey began from Vikrant’s house. Right away, from the onset, Karthik was teased mercilessly by AC Mahendra, who, being his classmate, was sharing embarrassing stories about Karthik’s college life & then wonder of wonders; Karthik turned the tables on Mahendra and recanted some of his bloopers. Rib tickling stuff. A lot of guffaws followed the witty repartee.

Breakfast was a hog fest which led to drowsy heads & the fresh air and good roads lulled everyone to sleep. It was time to up the ante and infuse some fun. Sandy recited a poem which wrote, the poem containing surprisingly observant and accurate insights into the strengths, good traits & inherent goodness within each of us, extolling the virtues of each and every Knight. He encouraged everyone to cast aside all negative baggage and truly become a band of brothers. On that emotional note, out came the goodie bags. Tr Sandy doled out personalised caps, hand crafted & hand painted Tribal Totems which could be worn as a medallion or as symbolic tribal head gear. They were artistic and colorful, loved and treasured by all who were fortunate enough to receive them. The intrinsic value of the Totems was worth far more than what money can buy.

Mother Nature called, and full bladders needed to be emptied pronto. Post the much needed relief, Vijay, Rajendra & Vinod elected to sit in the drivers cab for some time to catch some of the sights. Unknown to him at that time, Vijay sat right next to a box of very special guests who were journeymen along with us for a short while, destined for the jungles.  The boxes contained 3 full sized snakes caught by Sangu, our guide in the urban jungle of hubli. Half a kilometre into the trek, we released the snakes into their natural habitat. You should’ve seen the blood drain from Vijay’s face, took on ashen pallor when he realised that he was sitting right next to snakes all the way.

Once we reached the designated start point, we lathered up the sunscreen & started the trek with properly equipped backpacks containing water, lunch and knick knacks. I carried & was the guardian of a special backpack carrying ambrosia, lest it falls into the wrong hands and we start celebrations early.

The start point offered breathtaking views of lush and dense forest, a sprawling vista of various shades of vibrant green tree tops and heavy foliage. The view was akin to the descriptions by M/s Ruskin Bond & Rudyard Kipling. They & their storybook characters would be at home, looking at the smorgasbord of rich bio diversity, stretching well over the horizon and as far as the eye could see. Woe is on us, the nouveau urban jungle dwellers who do not get an opportunity to witness the magnificent vistas of Mother Nature in all her crowning glory. The view reminds one as to the reason environmentalists take up cudgels to preserve what is left. Woe is upon us for being just a couple of hours away from such breathtaking beauty and not taking time out to enjoy the stunning landscape lovingly drawn by Mother Nature.

The start of the trek was a steep decline, with us walking downhill for quite some time. Everybody remarked that the return trip would be a herculean task. At that point the snakes were released, some guys adroitly handling them, some guys were fascinated & a few of the guys couldn’t wait for the snakes to be as far away from them as possible. Prasad handled the snakes like he was a pro snake charmer, proving that his capacity to be charming extends to other species as well.

After a short trek we ventured into, rather stumbled into the famous Akka-Nagamma cave. Rumor has it that the cave was a totally dark & uninhabitable place. The patron saint of Ulvi, Shri Channabasaveshwara sat there in a long trance and his intense meditation led to the top of the rock face to split apart, allowing sunlight to enter the cave. It is still called the miracle of Ulvi, in local folklore.

6 of us ventured into the depths of the cave, we had to bend and twist like contortionists to navigate the rock walls and obstacles, to enter the sanctum. It was well worth the effort as the Sanctum was a totally silent space, ideal & supremely conductive for meditation and introspection.

Post the cave exploration, we resumed the trek & the quips were back en masse, with everyone being fair game as targets. None was spared, ensuring much hilarity. Along the way we came across another miracle of nature – a shilling made entirely of Vibhuthi, which keeps growing every year. Wonders never cease in India.

We then arrived at a spot called Aakala Gavi, where it appears as if a huge rock was placed with precision on a vantage point by some giant. A steep metal ladder was imbedded into the rock, to enable one to climb up & enjoy the view from the peak of the rock. The visage of forest from that vantage point spectacular to say the least. Visibility was over 6 km or as far as one could see.

I, Sandy, Santosh, Karthik, Prasad, Vinod & Rajendra ventured into another cave at Aakala Gavi, wherein we had to crouch, creep crawl, wade through pockets of natural rainwater water troughs to reach the Sanctum Sanctorum of the cave. We sat and meditated for a couple of minutes within the environs of absolute stillness. In there you could even feel the draft of air, the silence and stillness disturbed by our own breath. A short trek into one of the caverns of the cave led to a dead end and we had to retrace our way back to the ante chamber of the cave.

It was past high noon by then and some of the guys waiting for us outside were very hungry were about to start lunch by the time we came out of the caves.

At that juncture, Vishal, Amit Desai, Parth & Doc Sachin had to head back to Hubli due to prior commitments. We missed them for all that followed.

Our indefatigable & intrepid tour guide Sangu suggested that we had back with a slight detour from the leading trail, which led to a natural spring. We readily agreed and reached the spring in no time at all. Some elected to eat and then take a dip, some guys jumped in before settling down to have vittles and libations not necessarily in that order. Yep, the container of ambrosia was out, sitting on a rock loud and proud.

A couple of guys worked up the courage to venture our into the spring only after imbibing and in once case quaffing down the good stuff. Post the repast, some unwelcome intruders barged into the party. Aches, pains, creaky joints and stiffness from muscles we didn’t even know existed in the 1st place.

After a refreshing dip we had a rapid open & shut Fellowship meeting replete with the proper jewels.  Our popular Area Chairman Mahendra had garnered an admirer, a fan of his oration, who struck to him, intending to come back to hubli along his side all the way. The admirer was a blood sucking leech, hooked onto his leg! We searched for powdered lime – chunna of the paan in common parlance, as our ever resourceful, multi talented & on field medic Sangu praised the leech off our AC, staunched the bleeding and patched him up with a desi – illaj, ensuring our AC was good to go.

Back to the designated spot signaling the completion of the trek, we took a short break & had some mirchi, girt and washed it down with some local tea. Vijay, Abbas, Rajendra & Vikrant had to leave a little earlier than planned and took a prearranged taxi back to Hubli – Dharwad at that point. For the rest of us, it was the beginning of the end of the fellowship.

We climbed back into the Van Mein Fun wagon & out came the playing cards. A rip roaring game of bluff started which lasted several rounds with some classic jokes & comic moments thanks to Santy, Kathik and Ankesh. The Marx brothers don’t hold a candle to what these three can do.

We had another tea break at dharwad & finally reached hubli at 11pm. We got to the point where we had set out to be – a band of brothers.

Yours in Tabling
LMF Tr. Basanagouda Shivalli
Fellowship Convener (2016-17) HKRT 178
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Quilon RT 85 donate desks & benches to Govt. School, Vallikeezhu

Vallikeezhu Government H.S.S School was established in 1895. It came under government control & management in the year 1938-39. Was one of the first schools to receive the “Higher Secondary School status. In 2015 there was a 100% all pass grade achievement. The first Law library was set up in this school.

This school was growing faster than the facilities could serve it. It was around 5-7 kms away from Quilon City. Lower primary students’ admissions were on the rise and about 180 students had nowhere to sit and learn.

This project came about thanks a medical rep by the name of Jayachandran who knew Tr.Rony of QRT85, the project was immediately voiced and approved in the next business meeting. Most of the time taken for completing this project was the cost factor which many of the saw mills kept changing the final figures. At last we gave the work to one which quoted the cost at Rs 175,000. It took over 3 months to deliver all the desk and benches.

Government Vallikeezhu School project was the first in partnership with Round Table India FTE done by QRT-85 in 4 years. At last on 10-08-2016, on a Wednesday School day we gladly donated the project to the school. QRT-85 Chairman Pepsin took the stage and spoke to the students.

School Headmistress Mini and PTA president thanked the Table for showing such commitment in the education of the children – The Future. Chairman Pepsin replied “nothing makes us happier than to see the smiles of 1500 students who thanked these Uncles at QRT85”.

The event was participated and supported by Tr. Raj Antony, Tr Aneesh Ashokan, Tr Akhil Vinayak, Area HT Neel Samson and Twinkler Nikhil Neel and myself.

Before ending this blog I have to say a special thanks to our Area-1 AST Vineeth and Area-1 Chairman Antony [TONY]. AC Tony was critical in the decision making and advised us till the end stage.

Facilities Donated: 50 Desks + 50 Benches

Students Benefited: 180 nos

School Strength: 1500 students

Project Cost: 175,000 [plus Rs 3000/- Union unloading charges].

 

Regards,
Tr Rony Mathew Abraham,
QRT-85 – Treasurer [2016-17]
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