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District 323 A1 celebrates Melvin Jones’ Birthday with Children from Kamla Mehta School for Blind

The Kamla Mehta School for the Blind is an all – girl’s blind school located in Dadar, Mumbai. The school has an academic curriculum wherein they teach classes from pre-school to SCC to junior college. The students come from beyond Maharashtra belonging to varied socio-economic backgrounds and to different caste, creed and religion. The school is well supported by Lions Club of East Bombay through various contributions provided by the club.

As part of celebrating Melvin Jones’ 137th Birth Anniversary along with worldwide week of service to fight hunger and poverty, District 323 A1 organized a fun-filled event at the Kamla Mehta School for the Blind. The district organized the event on 15th January, 2016 by twinning Melvin Jones Birthday with the auspicious festival of Makar Sankranti.

Lions, Lioness and Leo Clubs of district 323 A1 joined hands to celebrate this wonderful occasion. The participating Lions Clubs were Lions Club of Mumbai Dreamcity, Lions Club of East Bombay, Lions Club of Sevaniketan, Lions Club of Walkeshwar, Lions Club of Dadar, Lions Club of Mahim, Lions Club of Prathanasamaj, Lions Club of Kalaghoda, Lions Club of Parel, Lions Club of Marine Drive, Lions Club of Sharmik , Lions Club of Sunrise, and Lioness Club of Cuffe Parade.

The Leos from Leo Club of Mumbai Dreamcity, Leo club of Indian Idols, Leo Club of R C Stars, Leo Club of KC Law College and Leo club of Government Law College also assisted in organizing the event.

The Chief Guests for the occasion were Lion Kishore Mehta and his wife Aruna Mehta. The Guest of Honor was Lion Sunderlal Bothra Region Chairperson and Usha Sampat, District Coordinator for Hunger Projects graced the occasion as Special Guest for the occasion. The special invitees were Lioness Jaya Pathak, District Coordinator for Orphans and Street Children, and Leo Mehendi Dodhia, Leo Multiple Council, Joint Treasurer.

The Lions and Lionesses from various clubs organized snacks, sweets and mementos for dignitaries. The Club Presidents took it upon themselves to invite guests and dignitaries whereas the Leos organized a special entertainment program for the students that aimed at spending quality time with them. The day began with providing nutritious breakfast to children after which all children participated in outdoor activities. The day ended with the distribution of tilgud, chocolates and light snacks in the dining area. The children along with Lions and Leos paid tribute to Melvin Jones by singing ‘Happy Birthday.’

It was indeed a heart-warming occasion to see more than 100 young girls celebrating Lions Clubs founder Melvin Jones’ Birthday with enthusiasm along with Lions, Lionesses and Leos.

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