Special Banjara Events

Helping Hand Annual Day Celebration

Program held at Banjara Academy's Manthan Campus, Bengaluru,
on 9 December 2017

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Helping Hand Annual Day Celebration at Banjara Academy's Manthan Camps, Bengaluru, 9 December 2017.

Saturday 9th December 2017 dawned misty but the sun soon caught up and the warmth was quite reassuring. In two buses, a couple of dozen cars, many two-wheelers streamed into the salubrious environs of Manthan, ‘the churning of minds”, a beautiful campus full of greenery and nature at its undisturbed best.

It was the Annual Day of Helping Hand, the 34th Anniversary of this humble but illustrious organization, which is the service arm of Banjara Academy.

Almost two hundred volunteers (none of them were senior citizens, even those born before India’s independence) came enthusiastically to spend the day together, to rejoice the selfless work, and to renew their commitment. We were fortunate to have very senior management personnel from Baptist Hospital, MS Ramiah Hospital, Karunashraya, NIMHANS, St. John’s Hospital etc. who came to convey their greetings and blessings.

Seniormost volunteers were felicitated, everyone received a cap with Helping Hand blazoned on it, departed souls were remembered, activities were elaborated upon, and of course, we had a thrilling entertainment afternoon exclusively by the talented volunteers. Everyone dispersed in a happy mood wishing each other in advance for the coming new year.

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