The zeal to give back something to society has made a group of young students from Hubballi to come up with an event to motivate the physically and mentally challenged children.

What started as a small initiative by a group of 20 students has now taken the shape of a foundation, which they have named as Aashraya Foundation. Having registered their foundation, they have now roped in Vinod Thakur, fondly known as the Legless Break Dancer, to perform here to motivate other physically challenged children.

Aashraya Foundation president Rohit Bhandari, secretary Kishan Kataria and member Pankaj Sharma told presspersons here on Wednesday that 4,000 persons, a majority of them physically and mentally challenged, and from orphanages, would participate in the event called “Aashayein” to be held at Railway Ground in Hubballi on February 27 at 4 p.m.

Mr. Kishan Kataria said that five or six troupes of physically challenged children would perform during the event. In addition to Mr Vinod Thakur, entertainer Saravana Dhanapal from Bengaluru would perform during the show.

Mr. Rohit Bhandari said that they planned to donate a laptop to a visually impaired student preparing for competitive examinations during the event, which was open for all.

The group members have a plan to launch a “Blood App” for helping needy patients to get blood immediately. “We have a database of 1,000 voluntary blood donors,” they said.

Source : The Hindu, 25th Feb 2016