by Cl Kiran Ruptakke
MUMBAI, NOV 22, 2016: Around 600 children from various Don Bosco institutions in the city participated in International Children's day, as the First Mumbai province Young at Risk (YaR) day entitled 'Let's Put the Last Child First' at Bosco School hall in Matunga on November 20.
Don Bosco Balprafulta in collaboration with Shelter Don Bosco organised the celebrations and youth from several Don Bosco institutions - namely the hosts Don Bosco Matunga, Bosco Boys Home, St. Dominic Savio parish, Antop Hill, St. Joseph High School, Wadala, Shelter Don Bosco, Don Bosco Balprafulta and Anmol Girls from Wadala – were present for the event.
The registration began at 8 am. The children were welcomed by the staff of Shelter and Balprafulta and were served breakfast. The programme started with a short prayer service. Jayesh Chandan, President of the Don Bosco School Alumni, Matunga Unit, was the chief guest. Father Gregory D'Almeida, Director of Balprafulta welcomed those gathered.
Fifty three student volunteers helped in conducting the event. 'Jannat Media Group' then enacted a street play on the theme, 'The Last shall be First'. Children got an opportunity to express themselves through a talent show in the afternoon. Many came forward to sing and dance.
After the talent show the children were entertained by the magician, Sagar Patel who performed a puppet show and a few magic tricks. Fete games were organised too. The highlight of programme was the dance competition and the cultural programme. The day ended with prize distribution and the vote of thanks by Father Roshan Gonsalves, assistant director, Shelter.