The chilly winter air leaves Sushma unperturbed today. Wearing her school uniform with immense pride, she practices to run fast with her younger sister once again within the decrepit walls of her home. With bubbling joy and ostensible zeal, Sushma is among the hundreds of students of the Govt. Girls High School of Mohna village who thronged the campus today to participate in Lakshay-the first Annual Sports Day organised by MRIS Sector 14 under the aegis of Dr. O.P. Bhalla Foundation. In a bid to provide equitable learning opportunities to the underprivileged children, the foundation has adopted the Mohna village, offering services directed towards developmental activities in the school and village alike. The event aimed to encourage the young girls to not only engage themselves in a host of fun-filled races to strengthen overall fitness but also recognize the importance of sports in enhancing their team skills and elevating their self-esteem by kindling the spirit of camaraderie.

img_3896The event was graced by Smt. Satya Bhalla, Chief Patron, MREI as the Chief Guest of the day, Dr. M. M. Kathuria, hon’ble member of the Managing Committee, MREI, Ms. Anita Sharma, Block Education Officer accompanied by Mr.D.C. Choudhary, Consultant, Faridabad Navchetna Trust and Mr. Ranjit, the Sarpanch of the Mohna village. After according the Green welcome to the distinguished guests, Ms. Mamta Wadhwa, Principal of MRIS Sector 14 addressed the gathering of the ebullient young learners and congratulated them on their 100% participation. Ms. Divya, Principal of Govt. High School for Girls extended her gratitude to Ms. Wadhwa for her immeasurable support and active involvement in supervising the rehearsals conducted over the past few days to ensure the success of the humble endeavour.

As one by one the students stepped into the large field to compete in a wide array of interesting races namely Hockey and Ball race, the Bouquet race, Swachh Bharat race, Dodge Boll, Hurdle race, Kho-kho and so on, loud cheers rung through the sporting arena where children displayed their steadfast determination to surmount every obstacle with full gusto and cross the finishing line. The event also witnessed the enthusiastic lot demonstrating their flexibility and agility in the Yoga and Aerobics display. On clinching the first, second and third positions in the respective races, the young students beamed with pride as they received medals and certificates for their praiseworthy verve and alacrity in the Prize Distribution ceremony. As the perspiring faces departed with the flush of newfound confidence, the students prepared to tread the challenges with iron-clad will and unbridled enthusiasm- the winners of life thus born.