STANDARD CHARTERED MUMBAI MARATHON 2014
This year the organizers of the marathon decided to create a ‘Resting and Recovery Zone’ inside the Azad Maidan and contacted Trinayani to provide 50 Blind Masseurs (Male and Female) sourced from the Victoria Institute for the Blind, NAB, Satyam Institute for the Blind and Mahalaxmi Institute for the Blind. Our therapists administered a dry massage and were complemented and showered by the tired ‘Runners’ with praises. Some were also generously tipped for their services.
We are grateful to Kanchan Rohera, Ashok Rohera, Parry Raghani, Vibha Laungani, Shakti Soni, Helen Mukkath and ‘Dolly’ for supervising the event.
In the SCMM 14 venue, Ritika was also present with cameraman Shakti Soni to capture moments of Individuals and Groups of Persons with Disabilities and witness their participation in the marathon.
On the 3rd of September 2012, we hosted the first Trinayani Tea Party to celebrate the first anniversary of the Sparsh Foot Spa with friends and well-wishers. Our Founder –Trustee Ritika Sahni performed and guests all came up to talk about their association with Trinayani and gave us a song, a joke or related story.
On Feb 24th 2013, the Trinayani Team along with volunteers and friends (with disabilities) went for a picnic. The location was an ideal and rustic “Farm House” belonging to Ferdinand Rodricks, at Neral near Karjat three hours from Mumbai. Ferdinand along with his assistant Archana welcomed us and hosted us with a scrumptious lunch, tea and gifts.
In all, there were 17 of us: Ritika, Shobha, her daughter Deepa ( a wheelchair user) and her caregiver Ujwala, Bhagyashree and her friends Deepali and Sheetal, Sambhaji and his friends Praveen and Bhimrao, (all six of them are visually impaired) Volunteer Helen, Kanchan, Meena, her sister Rashmi, her son Ayush, Nuzrat and Sonal who has cerebral palsy.
At the end of a very enjoyable day, young Sonal echoed the feelings of many “We should do this more often, yar!”
SECOND ANNIVERSARY OF SPARSH FOOT SPA – 03.09.13
September 3rd was the Second anniversary of Sparsh Foot Spa and our entire team which included the therapists Sambhaji and Laksmi, Ritika, Helen, Shobha Sachdev, her daughter Deepa and Ujwala, celebrated with a lunch outing and enjoyed a meal of pizza, parathas, chats, lassi and more.
STANDARD CHARTERED MUMBAI MARATHON 2012
In 2012 TRINAYANI decided to participate in the Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon for the first time, in the DREAM RUN category hoping to use the platform to create visibility for the cause of Disability Awareness. With the help of our friends, we raised a lakh of rupees and on the day of the marathon, friends, donors and well-wishers walked with us in the Dream Run. Mr Raj Zutshi, the celebrated actor endorsed our cause and led us in the 6 km dream run. We all held Placards of Trinayani Disability Awareness posters. We would like to extend our thanks to Mr Amole Gupte who could not be part of the event due to ill health but wished us well.
Our blind therapists Sangita, Sachin, Bhagyashree and Meera, gave 15-minute sessions of Foot Reflexology to the runners and celebrity guests at the Procam Marque. We thank Kanchan Rohera for sponsoring the refreshments and also volunteering and taking care of our Reflexology event.
Angshu Jajodia from TISS Mumbai also participated and was thrilled with this first experience of the Mumbai spirit. Our gratitude extends to Madan Chabbria for graciously sponsoring our T-SHIRTS which had both the SPARSH and TRINAYANI logos.