Voluntary Medicare Society organised an inter-school drawing competition and fair for patients with spinal injuries at Bemina, Srinagar.
The event provided a platform to highlight creativity amongst special children and patients with spinal injuries as well as boost their self confidence. It also was aimed at creating awareness among the general public that given an equal opportunity, children with intellectual disability and physically challenged patients are just as talented. Children from Shafaqat Special School, Chotay Taray, and Special School of Composite Regional Centre participated in the event.
Renowned artist Nawshad Gayoor was the judge and supervised the competition. While inaugurating the competition, Mr.Nawshad emphasized the need for conducting workshops for these children as they have the ability to express themselves through art. He lauded the role of Voluntary Medicare Society for their efforts to empower physically challenged individuals.
A student from Chotay Taray was declared first, while Shafaqat Special School bagged second position, and Special School of Composite Regional Centre got third position.
The fair was inaugurated by Dr. Rouf Ahmad Mir and Dr. Nissar Ahmad Bakshi. The indoor patients of Shafaqt Rehabilitation Centre exhibited their talent in the event and enthralled the audience.
Earlier, Mr.Khurshid Ahmad Malik, former commissioner secretary, while welcoming the guests highlighted the activities of VMS, said that VMS has established a full-fledged rehabilitation centre for physically challenged especially for patients with spinal injuries. He stressed the need for joint efforts to restore the rights of physically challenged in the state.
Prominent TV artists Shadi Lal Koul and Farooq Ahmad Sheikh also were present on this occasion. They announced their intentions to organize a series of charity shows for the physically challenged persons in the month of September in Srinagar.