by Fr. Mayank Parmar
KAPADVANJ-GUJARAT, MARCH 13, 2014: On March 9, 2014, one hundred and eighty children gathered in the campus of Don Bosco, Kapadvanj for the celebration of the Oratory Day. The children who attended the Sunday oratories got a taste of what Don Bosco meant when he said, “Run, Jump, Play but do not Sin.”
The day began with fun filled games organised by the aspirants. The usually quiet campus, resounded with shouts and laughter. With all the games and running around, the children developed a ravenous appetite which was appeased with a delicious lunch. At about 3.30 p.m. the children gathered around the stage for the cultural programme which began with a prayer dance and the lighting of the lamp. Keeping in mind Don Bosco’s commitment to evangelisation, the children staged plays that propagated values of unity, friendship, service and respect for parents and elders.
The Chief Guest Mrs. Nila Pandya, gave out prizes to the best boy and girl in each oratory. In her speech she spoke about: “Unity in Diversity” citing examples from our daily life. She also encouraged the children to bring about change in the villages starting with an anti littering and anti “gutka” campaign.
Sadness covered their faces at the thought of leaving the campus, yet, they were happy and grateful for the wonderful day that had been organized.
The aspirants too, had a very good learning experience working with and for the young.