Bhubaneswar: Rotary Club of Bhubaneswar, the grand old premier club of Bhubaneswar organised a peaceful awareness rally Rotary Skatathon with a theme “Rebuilding Bhubaneswar-Plant Trees” today. This noble effort was carried out as part of the campaign rebuilding Bhubaneswar in order to recover from the devastating impact of Cyclonic storm Fani, in which the temple city of Bhubaneswar was severely affected and got devoid of greens.
This Rotary Skatathon rally was flagged off by the Chief Guest of the occasion Shri Samarth Verma, IAS, Commissioner, Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation at Sikharchandi, Bhubaneswar at 6.30 am in the morning which witnessed participation of about 50-60 children and youths in the age group of 10 years to 18. Among others, Shri Pranabindu Acharya, IPS, Addl DGP (Railways & Coastal Security), Rtn. D. N. Padhi, IAS (Retd), PDG, Rtn. Debashish Mishra, DGE and Rtn. Saumya Ranjan Mishra, DGN graced the occasion as Guests of Honour. Rtn. Tanmay Mohanty, President, Rtn. Anshuman Rath, Chairman, Rotary Club of Bhubaneswar and many key Rotarians were also present at the programme.
The Skatathon rally covered a distance of around 12 KM starting from Sikharchandi Gate and moving on to the Rotary Bhawan, Unit 9, Bhubaneswar through KIIT Square, Kalinga Hospital Square, Sainik School, Appolo Hospital Road, Acharya Vihar Square spreading a message Rebuilding Bhubaneswar by planting trees. This was followed by a meeting held at Rotary Bhawan, Bhubaneswar in which the dignitaries spoke about the significance of the programme. After the meeting was over, the dignitaries presented a sapling to each of the parents of the children who participated in this Skatathon programme and also highlighted the importance of planting more number of trees and joining hands for Rebuilding Bhubaneswar
Shri Verma applauded such efforts made by Rotary Club of Bhubaneswar and appealed to the people, various organizations, students and parents who were present at the occasion for speedy recovery of our city Bhubaneswar with aggressive plantation drive.
It has been noted here that “Rotary International” is the largest service organization in the world, having its 113 years of its existence to its credit. Currently it has its existence in 216 countries, having about 35,000 clubs and 12 lakh Rotarians. Rotary Club of Bhubaneswar charted on May 11, 1965 takes pride in projects like modernization of Capital Hospital and Municipality Hospital Blood Bank. The club has also undertaken the projects like Asha, ROPARS as part of long term sustainable community development programmes. The club has also adopted a village ‘Kalapita’ under Bhagabatipur – II GP of Kantabada block in Khurda district. Rotary Club of Bhubaneswar has provided toilets to the households, free health facilities and health cards to all the villagers. Eventually the club is committed to enrich community livelihoods of the state through various reformations and renovations.