THE JOURNEY HAS JUST BEGUN….
It was a very naïve beginning in 2007 and before we realized, we travelled in the time machine for 10 long years now and this would have definitely not been possible without your unconventional support and endorsement throughout. Thanks everyone for the encouragement which made us travel this long and we are sure of your patronage to travel many more years. It’s not just a mere journey but a voyage to touch the lives of the needy and help them become self sufficient.
W.H.Y. Foundation runs only on weekends, that way it is approximately just 500 days in last 10 years in which we could touch more than 49000+ lives and made a difference.
We are very proud to say that not a single penny of the donations was used to conduct this event, heartfelt thanks to all the founders, members, volunteers and sponsors who voluntarily agreed to share the event expenses.
Loads of discussions, hours of meetings, days of preparation and persistent hard work has finally paid off on 19th August 2017, the day when we celebrated a GRAND 10th Anniversary of W.H.Y. FOUNDATION @ Hari Hara Kala Bhavan and it was a great grand success with the support of our families, friends, colleagues, donors, supporters and well wishers.
Our main motive of celebrating this anniversary was to motivate the government school children and provide them a platform to showcase their talent and come out with flying colors in facing the large audience. The students did a lot of homework, rehearsals and the school teaching staff has put in their personal time too to talk to the parents and convince them to allow the kids for travelling almost 150 kilometers away from their hometowns and perform in the capital city of Telangana State – Hyderabad.
2 special buses were hired and have been arranged by W.H.Y. Foundation for the students and staff to come to Hyderabad. We took special care of the students right from boarding the bus for onward journey to off boarding at their school premises keeping in mind their safety and security. A Special thanks to the school staff that coordinated with us.
A brief summary of the event is being put now for the benefit of our supporters who couldn’t make it to the event due to some personal exigencies.
We were only 2 or 3 volunteers at the venue at 8 AM to make sure the arrangements were made so that we start the event right on time by 9 AM. As the time got close by to 9 AM, there was a heavy inflow of our invitees and in no lesser than 5 minutes, we had a full house which was unexpected on a Saturday early morning. To our surprise, there were almost 100 people whom we know directly travelled from their workplace after their night shift which shows their appreciation of our work and they made it obvious that they wanted to bless the school children for various performances.
The event started with lamp lighting and we were blessed to have Anand Bollu, Vijayveer Arya and the founding members of the foundation to grace this activity.
The entire auditorium echoed with the recital of Vande Mataram song to start the event.
To grace this occasion, we had various distinguished guests.
Our Honorable Chief Guest was Mr. Rajeshwara Rao Potedar Garu, (Senior Advocate and Chairman – RR Dist. BAR Council)
Rajeshwar Rao garu highly appreciated the performances by students of Doma Girls High School, Ainapur Govt. High School, Dadapur Govt. High School which reminded him of his good old school days.
He not only admired the activities of WHY Foundation, but also put forth his wish to arrange legal awareness Campaigns through our organization. Sir, we once again extend our sincere gratitude to you. Your presence has boosted our self esteem.
We are indebted to Sri. Sanjay Vadapalli (AVP, HSBC) and Smt. Duvvuri Vathsalendra (Advocate in High Court of Judicature) for gracing this event with their Indian Classical Excellence by performing Ganesha Stuthi and Shiva Kaivaram in Andhra Natyam Style.
The event picked up the pace when the dance performances by the school students began to roll.
2 back to back folk dance performances by DOMA school children attracted the audience and started to ask for a repeat of the performances.
PANCHAM Music Academy took the audience for a musical ride for almost 30 minutes where we had child musicians and singers who took the center stage with their instrumental and vocal performances.
There was a Pyramid show performed by the students of Dadapur School which received a lot of appreciation by the audience and guests. The students showed a 3 letter word for which the entire auditorium was dumbstruck and the word was WHY.
Our heartfelt thankfulness to Vasundhara Events for arranging food for the students.
We were very happy to share the clippings by our beloved members (Srikanth Gade, Sirisha Akkinepally, Charitha Tipparaju, Yohan Ittoop) who couldn’t make it for the event, but have nevertheless stopped by to share their experiences and their association with W.H.Y. Foundation
It was our pleasure to hear people appreciate our little initiatives like Blood donation drive, Books Donation drive, Power of 50, Aathmeeya Nestham to name a few.
Event was concluded with a vote of thanks by Mr. Anand Bollu (VP, Bank of America) who always has been a constant supporter.
We take this opportunity to thank all the volunteers, members, sponsors who have contributed to the success of this event. We wish for a continued patronage as always. Ten long years of our journey saw many ups and downs, but your never ending belief, love and care has made us forget years of hardships and make us feel that we have still a very long way to go and OUR JOURNEY HAS JUST BEGUN….
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