District Governor - Rtn. Manjoo Phadke
Editor - Rtn. Madhur Dolare

Rotary Club of Poona Downtown's Tricycle Donation Drive Empowers Physically Challenged Individuals Back

On 14th March, the Rotary Club of Poona Downtown organized a tricycle-shop distribution/donation event at Poona Club, where 11 tricycles were provided to physically challenged and economically disadvantaged individuals in and around Pune. Additionally, 9 tricycles were sent directly to beneficiaries residing outside Pune. The event was graced by Shri Purshottam Lohiya, Chairman of Mukund Bhavan Trust and Executive Director of Mukund Group, along with his wife, who were the Chief Guests. The Mukund Bhavan Trust generously donated Rs. 5 lakhs towards the cause.

These tricycles were specially designed with lightweight materials to ensure ease of use, thanks to the expertise of Shri Farook Syed of Solapur, a mechanic skilled in modifying cycles for the differently-abled. Mr. Farook and his team were felicitated for their contribution during the meeting. In addition to the tricycles, each beneficiary received goods worth Rs. 2500/- to help kickstart their livelihood by selling the material.

The event was attended by numerous Rotarians from the Rotary Club of Poona Downtown as well as other Rotary Clubs, including the AG of our club Rtn. Mahesh Makhija and President of RC of Pune Camp, Rtn. Pradeep Khedekar. The donation of these tricycle shops is a unique feature of RCPD. In total, 26 of these cycles were donated in this Rotary year, with donations from RCPD members and Mukund Bhavan Trust.

The event was presided over by President Aruna Rathi, Chief Coordinator of the project, Rtn. PP Shabbir Jamnagarwala and Rtn. Pradeep Munot. Together with Shri Lohiya and Mrs. Lohiya, they handed over the tricycles to the beneficiaries.