Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Nov 12:
In an effort to bring changes in the lives of under-privileged sections of the society through different community services activities, Bhubaneswar round table 53, the first Bhubaneswar chapter of round table India, a fifty four year old pan India organisation of young businessman, entrepreneurs & professionals took 90 underprivileged and partially blind students of Bhima Bhoi School for Blind in the Odisha capital to the city’s Big Bazaar near Satya Nagar for a shopping experience today.
Each child was given the choice of selecting his/her daily household and personal hygiene items like toothpaste, toothbrush, hair oil, bathing soaps, warm vests, caps, gloves, study materials & etc worth Rs. 500/. The teachers and parents accompanying them assisted them in selecting the items while the payments were made by BRT 53.
Speaking on the occasion Sarad Baid, Chairman, BRT 53 said; “It is a great feeling to be part of this noble cause by BRT 53, wherein 90 partially blind children of Bhima Bhoi blind school experienced a shopping experience at Big Bazaar for the second time. As part of various projects being undertaken by BRT 53 every year, we have been organising this shopping experience programme for these small under privileged children of various educational institutions of the city for more than a decade now. This time, each child has been given a shopping limit of Rs.500/- with which he/she could select and buy various priority items of his/her own choice”.
It may be noted here that round table India has built 1500 schools benefitting lakhs of children across India under its long term project “freedom through education” in last decade. Bhubaneswar Round Table 53 (BRT 53), part of round table India, has been actively associated with a number of noble causes like Bhima Bhoi blind school Rawa academy, flood relief operation, slum schools etc. Some of their recent projects include construction of Rawa academy in an orphanage in Bhubaneswar, Braille library for Bhima Bhoi blind school, supply of furniture for municipality slum school in Cuttack road. BRT 53 also carried out major relief work during super cyclone and the recent floods in Puri.
The other programmes organised by BRT 53 were the Fantasy Flight programme wherein 45 orphans were taken on Indigo airlines to Hyderabad and Kolkata and back on a joyride in the last two years, installation of water coolers in public places for the people and construction of play grounds for blind children of Bhima Bhoi blind school etc.