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Picture story: Daan Utsav starts with ‘baby-steps’. – The Manipal Journal
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Picture story: Daan Utsav starts with ‘baby-steps’.

The Volunteer Services Organization (VSO), in association with Sports Council, Manipal University organized “Kidathon”, a ‘walk-a-thon’ event held for children between the ages of two and ten at Marena sports stadium in Manipal on September 24. This event kickstarted the 2017 edition of  Daan Utsav, a yearly festival celebrated from October 2nd-8th to promote the ‘joy of giving’.

“I’m really very happy to flag off the Kid-a-thon event. I feel it is important to create health-awareness among children and also their parents.” said Dr. H.S. Ballal, Pro-Chancellor, Manipal University as he flagged off the event. || Photograph Courtesy: Divayansh Bargotra

Despite being an unusually hot Sunday morning, the event gathered large crowds of enthusiastic and excited children, who found the event a nice recreational break.

After reaching MMMC, the participating children were treated to refreshments, after which a Zumba session was arranged. || Photograph Courtesy: Rashi Rao

A session of dance and exercise entertained the children as they moved to popular songs such as “Gangnam Style”.

The children were also presented with a souvenir t-shirt commemorating the event as a token of appreciation for their participation in the event. || Photograph Courtesy: Divayansh Bargotra

The event was drawn a close with the volunteers from VSO joining the children as they danced away to “Despacito”. || Photograph Courtesy: Divayansh Bargotra

The members of the VSO also announced that this year they target to organize 100 events to celebrate Daan Utsav, building upon the previous year’s 56.

Featured Image courtesy: Divayansh Bargotra

Edited by Sruti Srinivasan

Rishi Kant


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