On Sunday, December 25, the Marwari Yuva Manch (North Central Kolkata branch) organized a mega Caliper event in the presence of chief guest Sri Sadhan Pandey (MLA) and Brand Ambassador Ushoshi Sengupta. They distributed over 70 caliper limbs along with crutches, wheelchairs and hearing aids to over 200 people. The event was held at Basudev Bhavan in Ultadanga.
The chief guest of the event, MLA Sadhan Pandey congratulated the organisers. “I am very happy to acknowledge this work carried out by the Marwari Yuva Manch. I am privileged to be a part of this. I hope the organizers take the initiative forward and arrange more such activities in future. I extend my full support to them,” he added.
The function marked the end of a three-day camp that was organized on the first day, at Golaghata on December 23. The caliper limbs were custom made for the patients.
“During our camp, we received 87 registrations for caliper limbs. As many as 21 wheelchairs, two tricycles, crutches, elbow crutches, walkers, walking sticks, hearing aids, radio and talking watches to help the blind were also distributed during the programme. Basic amenities like blankets and utensils were also given away to the needy. Our endeavour was to help physically disabled live a normal life. We wanted to make their lives easier in whatever way possible. We aim to organize more such events in future,” said Anand Kedia, president of Marwari Yuva Manch (North Central Kolkata)
42-year-old Rukmini Saha, who is from Dhulagarh, participated in the event and got her caliper leg replaced. “I am eagerly looking forward to walk using my new caliper leg. This is a great initiative to help people like us. I am thankful to the organizers,” she said.
The Brand Ambassador for the event was Miss Universe India Ushoshi Sengupta who was also praising the initiative . She added, “It is not always that one actually gets to play Santa during Christmas and having this wonderful opportunity to be a part of such a beautiful event is nothing short of spectacular.”
24-year-old Tanmoy Saha, from North 24 Parganas, was also overwhelmed after receiving a caliper leg. “I will be able to walk properly after five years with the help of this caliper leg. I thank the organizers for the help they extended,” he said.
Among the others present at the occasion were Vineet Agarwal – Secretary of the Marwari Yuva Manch, K P Singh – Chairperson of the North Kolkata Transport, Sandeep Agarwal – Provincial VP: Manadal – CHHA, Dilip Adhak – IPS officer, S K Panda – Chief commissioner of Service Tax, Mukesh Khaitan – Co-ordinator, Viklang Seva Shivir, Dinesh Saraogi – Convener, Viklang Seva Shivir, Dev Kumar Saraf – Anandalok Hospital and Laxman Agarwal of the International Marwari Committee.