Kadi Rotaract earns praise for discon

A two-day Garba and Dandiya Raas programme.
A two-day Garba and Dandiya Raas programme.

A small town Rotaract club, RAC Kadi hosted a three-day district conference titled ‘Virasat – the ­legacy’ at Kumbhalgarh, the fortress and heritage city of Rajasthan, in which 160 Rotaractors from across RID 3054 and around 12–15 Rotarians took part and enjoyed a medley of fellowship events like DJ Night, poolside party, awards ceremony and some delightful cuisine. Overawed by the arrangements and the grand events, DRCC Bhanu Gupta complimented “the good work being done by DRR Parth Raval and Kadi Rotaractors in holding the discon with fanfare and diligence,” says Jay Raval, president, RAC Kadi.

DRR Parth Raval, RID 3054 (standing, centre), along with Rotaractors, at the district conference at Kumbhalgarh in Rajasthan.
DRR Parth Raval, RID 3054 (standing, centre), along with Rotaractors, at the district conference at Kumbhalgarh in Rajasthan.

Rtrs Bhaskar Soni and Maitri Madia bagged the overall awards for best performance in the male and female categories, while RAC ­Mundra was felicitated for having the largest delegation of 16 Rotaractors from among the 23 Rotaract clubs which attended the discon. Kadi is a small town in Mehsana district of Gujarat, 45km from Ahmedabad, and “among our 33 members, 80 per cent are professionals and the rest, college students. We are doing impactful projects throughout the year,” he says. On top of the pecking order is Project Udgam (horizon) which distributes 15–20 lunch packets daily to families at a slum colony near Meldi Mataji temple in Kadi, and 60 food packets to those at another slum near Balapir, a residential locality, once a month. “We are doing food distribution for over four years, which would have benefitted 500-plus families eking out a tough life. Project Udgam has raised our profile among the residents of Kadi as Rotaractors deliver food packages with sincerity,” explains Raval.

Project Ramzat is the signature two-day Garba and Dandiya Raas programme, a fundraiser, to mark Navratri festival in October. “Last year we had over 7,000 footfalls including Rotarians, Rotaractors and the public at the Vivah Party Plot, a huge ­farmland, as they danced the whole night to Gujarati folk songs and other popular numbers,” he recalls. A ­ticketing fee of ₹100 was charged from each ­participant, and the collected amount of ₹70,000 is being be used for ­Rotaract projects.

A food packet being given to a homeless person under Project Udgam.
A food packet being given to a homeless person under Project Udgam.

Recently, a career guidance seminar was conducted for students who had passed out of Classes 10 and 12. at the M M Patel ­Memorial Hall at the S V Campus, Kadi. Two resource persons — Bhavin ­Pandya, dean of management faculty at the Kadi Sarva Vishwavidyalaya; and Hiren Patel, principal, Vidush ­Somani Institute of Technology and Research, Kadi — mentored 60 students with their presentations, followed by an interactive session.

The members meet twice a month, once in a joint meet with their parent, Rotary Club of Kadi. “Our focus is on fellowship and bonding. We charge a membership fee of ₹1,500,” says Jay Raval, who has been a Rotaractor for seven years and owns an electronic goods showroom. “I will become a Rotarian after two years and want to be a key member in organising fellowship and networking events,” he adds.

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