In a bid to make an inclusive and resilient society, Adv Rudolph Almeida Memorial Trust will organise a charity programme of music and dance, ‘Connecting 2017’ on December 9 at Rosary Parish Hall, Navelim. NT BUZZ finds more
SHERAS FERNANDES | NT BUZZ
A charity programme ‘Connecting 2017’ is the first of its genre to be held in a rural-urban area which will see performances by children – mainstream, special and those afflicted with HIV – on one platform. An evening of dance and music, the event is organised by the Adv Rudolph Almeida Memorial Trust at Rosary Parish Hall, Navelim. The event aims to sensitise the general public about the less privileged and help in transforming the society into an inclusive, empathetic and compassionate one. “We are aiming for an inclusive and resilient society and that’s why you will see all kinds of children on the stage without any discrimination and segregation,” says Priya Almeida secretary of the Trust.
The programme coordinator Sachika Almeida is a creative movement therapist who works with special children and other disenfranchised kids in society with the sole aim of creating an amiable environment for these children who would do well in society if we are humane and generous in thought. “We need to be empathetic and not sympathetic. It is also a clarion call to spread love, caring, sharing and smiles, this being the season of advent,” says Priya. Sachika adds: “I would like to make the society a little more sensitive towards differently-abled children. It’s about recognising the strength of such children and strengthening them,” says Sachika.
The event will also have stalls by the Gujarati Samaj selling Christmas items made by special children. Zumba instructors from Navelim will also present a zumba flashmob to mark the closure of the event. “We should come together and contribute to the lesser privileged,” concludes Priya.
(The event will be held on December 9 from 4.45 p.m. onwards at Navelim Parish Hall, opposite Rosary College. Tickets: `100.)