To commemorate India’s 73rd Independence Day, Rotaractors of RAC Bhusawal Tapti Valley, RID 3030, conducted a flag rally where a 73-feet-long Indian National Flag was carried around Bhusawal by 3,000 volunteers. The journey lasted for two hours and was covered live on television. “It was a huge public image exercise for Rotary and the response to the event was amazing. People showered their love throughout the course of the rally. Grocery stores and other offices contributed boxes of snacks, candies etc. And many people lent support of some kind for the rally,” says Club President Sumeet Yawalkar, adding that the Rotaractors worked for a week designing the huge tiranga.
NGOs such as Aai, Sanskruti and Jai Ganesh Foundations participated in the rally. Students from Biyani, Tapti and Pundlik Barhate schools volunteered in carrying the flag across the town.
The programme was attended by Col Sunil Kadam, Admiral Commandant, Bhusawal Military Station, former president of Bhusawal Municipal Council Umesh Nemade, and IPDG Rajiv Sharma.
In another initiative, the Rotaractors made seed balls and distributed them to the delegates attending the Rotary District Assembly. The project was inaugurated by DG Rajendra Bhamre. About 500 seed balls were made and given to 100 delegates. “We thought that this process of aerial reforestation is much more effective than tree plantation and we are planning to do this on a larger scale by involving schoolchildren. We also found it a fun way of interacting with people,” says Yawalkar.