On the occasion of Gudi Padwa, Thane's youngsters and bike lovers came forward to celebrate with some special children. Some also offered music therapy to the patients at the mental hospital. Youngsters spread festive fervour among these children and patients when the rest of the city was busy shopping and preparing for the swagat yatra and other festivities.
On Sunday, around 250 bikers from various groups in Thane, like Royal Enfield owners, Harley Davidson owners and other clubs came together to call themselves Bikers United and conducted an event for special children. Around 50 special children from Thane enthusiastically participated in the early morning event at Upvan lake. "We wanted to make this day special for everyone and hence, decided to include these children and give them a joy ride on our bikes. We organised some special events as well to entertain them. Face mask making, drawing and best-out-of-waste were some of the competitions children were involved in," said Chetan Gawli, one of the members.
The event began at 7am wherein each child was given a group of bikers who helped the children make masks, draw and prepare something from the waste material that they brought from their houses. The bikers helped children use their creativity; kids were served breakfast as well. After this, each child was offered a joy ride on the bikes around the lake. Children were excited and danced as well. The prizes for all competitions were given away at the end of the event.
In a similar benevolent incident, the Rotaract Club of Thane Central organised a musical performance for patients of the Thane Mental Hospital on Saturday. "Our flagship event Samvedna started three years ago to offer music as a therapy to patients at the mental hospital. The event is a success every year and the response received from the patients is overwhelming. In the past years these therapy sessions have had an impact on these patients. After these sessions, incidents of quarrels and violence reduce among the inmates. This motivates us to conduct such therapeutic musical performances every year," said Aseem Nagar, one of the members of the project.
The performance was attended by 150 patients who attentively listened to Pandit Subhash Shah's flute renditions of classical ragas and popular Marathi and Bollywood songs. He was accompanied on the dais by Rakesh Kulkarni on the tabla and Dr Dhrone on the keyboards. They also sang some old yet popular Hindi songs. One of the patients got up and started dancing to Ae meri zohrajabi, while another patient went to touch the singer's feet. Overwhelmed by the response, the Rotractors distributed biscuits and chocolates among the inmates and the staff of the hospital.