Mangalore Feb 23: It was the occasion of a 'mela' for special children held under the aegis of Asha Jyothi, a subsidiary of Seva Bharathi.
Age was no bar there. From kids to elders, everybody enjoyed; they danced with the dolls, rode horses, flew kites, sprung with laughter.
Such a fair was a scene on the grounds of Canara PU College in the city on Sunday. It was the occasion of a mela for special children held under the aegis of Asha Jyothi, a subsidiary of Seva Bharathi.
Speaking on the occasion, District-in-Charge Minister J Krishna Palemar emphasised on the need for instilling confidence among special children.
If a certain skill is lacking in a person, the God blesses him with another special skill. If the special children are not encouraged, they lack their confidence further, he said.
The government has not neglected the necessities of the disabled. There are several schemes meant for them.
The organisations should co-operate for their effective implementation, the minister added.
Corporation Bank Executive Director Asit Pal, in his inaugural address said, each and individual and corporate sector should contribute for the welfare of special children.
MLA N Yogish Bhat presided. Women and Child Welfare Department Deputy Director Shakunthala A, Seva Bharathi trustee Dr U V Shenoy, Asha Jyothi President B Srinivas Rao, Secretary Muralidhar Naik and others were present.
The Fire personnel conducted various fire fighting demonstrations on the occasion.
A free medical check-up was also held. The kite session by Team Mangalore enthralled the kids. The ground had been given a fair-like touch by arranging different stalls and games so that the kids will get free access to whatever they aspire. From beverages to fruits to ice cream, there was everything every kid may like.