Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Few days to go for Children's Day, the members of Lodge Keys No. 297, a local wing of internationally well known Freemasonry organization and their family members made this Sunday 11th a little difference to 67 underprivileged children from Hyderabad Council of Human Welfare and Govt Boys Hostel for Handicapped. For a change they took them the luxury of Shahrukh Khan starrer Om Shanti Om at Vijeatha Theatre in Borabanda.
Disclosing this Master of Lodge Keys No. 297 D Ramchandram informed that the 40 Street Children from Hyderabad Council of Human Welfare from Alkapuri and 27 physically challenged children from Govt. Boys Hostel for Handicapped from Nalgonda Cross Roads were picked up in two luxury coaches to the film and treated royally. Attired in their Sunday best dress some with slippers and many without them, these 67 children together with the 35 members, their spouses and children of Lodge Keys watched the film and enjoyed. The children got a well deserved break from their routine lives and were entertained by freemasons members as well.
It was a touching moment to see a young physically challenged boy feeding chips to yet another physically challenged without two hands friend of his seated next to him. And also helping him drink a soft drink. There could never be a more memorable occasion than this said Mrs. Sunitha spouse of Veerabhadrudu a member of Lodge Keys No. 297.
The children who spoke at a brief meeting held immediately after the show thanked the organizers and requested them to organize such pleasure giving activities occasionally. The members also promised to take up more such programs in near future including providing entertainment to jail inmates, antakshari for senior citizens in the home for the aged etc.
We could see joy on their faces. For three hours children could forget everything and had the pleasure of watching a premier movie within few days after its release. The cost of the project is borne by the members of Freemasonry.
"Enthused by the overwhelming response from among our members, we would like to repeatedly take up such heart touching projects in near future", informed D Ramchandram.