Friday, March 21, 2014

Vegam 2014

Venue: Singaram Pillai School, Padi
Date: February 8th, 2014



The Start and Preparation

Volunteers started pouring in from 7.30 AM onwards. All plans, sketches are already done. Each CSS Volunteer knows exactly what their role is and everyone started working on the tasks assigned to them, with occasional guidance from the Senior members. The Vegam Stand was put up, the shamina were decorated with color ribbons, Registrations Desks put in place, systems booted and kept ready, energy drinks being prepared. The whole ground was very active with the Volunteers pitching in and actively engaged in final minute preparation for the Grand event, Vegam 2014.
Around 8.30 AM, Students, Teachers and Parents started coming. They registered themselves in Student Registration Desk and took their seats in allotted places. New volunteers registered themselves in Volunteer Registration desk and allotted to different teams as per the needs and the volunteers interest.


Start of Events

At 10.30 AM, the torch relay started with our volunteers and the light was lit by our Chief Guest "Paalam" Kalyanasundaram Ayyaa.
The first event was started around 11 AM. Its a running race event and the kids participated with full enthusiasm. Everyone was cheering, photography experts shooting the images with full life, the judges waiting at the other end and carefully watching the kids, so even an error of the order of millisecond doesn’t occur and the refreshment committee volunteers waiting with jugs of energy drinks to give to event participants.
As and when the events are completed, the results are reported to MC Desk, certificates are written with the names of winners, runner ups and immediately the children are awarded with medals and certificates. Things were going exactly as planned in advance. As the events are completed, time advanced to 2 PM and all the events are halted for Lunch.

Pure Organic Lunch

The special feature of this Vegam Lunch its almost pure Organic. Starting from Salt, Rice to Vegetables and other ingredients, everything is carefully handpicked to be organic items from various states and even other countries. Yes, Organic Asafoetida was imported from Afghanistan. Its just organic and healthy, but the taste was splendid, that everyone had several rounds of Sambar rice. Big applause goes to Organic Depot for providing everyone with special Organic Food for the day.
After Lunch and relaxation, the events restarted around 3 PM. 4 track of events were happening at a time and there seems to be very little idle place in that enormous ground. The Sun’s heat couldn’t do anything to us. The energy level, the enthusiasm of the kids and Volunteers were soooo high that the Sun itself felt the heat from Vegam.

Closing

The events neared closing by 5 PM and the events were officially closed by inspiring, motivational speech by the School Principal, who supported us by providing the Ground for Vegam 2014.
Prizes for individual events are given now and then and Its time for bigger awards, “The Overall Champion” and “The best cheering team”.

After much hype and tension, the Overall Champion award was given to “NIEPMD, Muttukadu”, for they topped all Gold, Silver and Bronze than the other schools. The runner up for Overall Champion was given to "Premavasam School, Girugambakkam" And the best cheering Team award was given to “Premavasam School, Girugambakkam“.
Overall Vegam 2014 was a grand success. Thanks to the Volunteers, Donors, School and the children. Its been just a month since we conducted Vegam 2014 and we are already looking forward to Vegam 2015.



This table summarizes the achievements of each school that participated in Vegam 2014:
No
School Name
Total Of Points
Gold
Silver
Bronze
1
NIEPMD, MUTTUKADU
530
16
20
18
2
PREMAVASAM, GIRUGAMBAKKAM
295
9
11
10
3
LITTLE HEARTS, SHOLINGANALLUR
250
13
4
3
4
ASHA SPECIAL SCHOOL, EGMORE
225
8
8
5
5
SPASTIC SOCIETY, OLD WASHERMANPET
135
5
4
4
6
SPASTIC SOCEITY, TARAMANI
135
5
4
4
7
ARVIND FOUNDATION, K.K.NAGAR
110
3
4
5
8
SPASTIC SOCEITY, AYANAVARAM
110
2
6
4
9
VISHWAS SPECIAL SCHOOL, KILPAUK
90
3
3
3
10
MEENAKSHI MATRICULATION HR SEC SCHOOL
85
3
3
2
11
VIJAY HUMAN SERVICES, K.K. NAGAR
80
4
1
2
12
VIJAY HUMAN SERVICES, MYLAPORE
30
2


13
SSA Chetpet
30
1
1
1
14
KUMARAN SPECIAL SCHOOL, ENNORE
25

2
1
15
SSA THIRU VI KA (4th Zone)
25
1
1

16
HOPE SPECIAL SCHOOL, AMBATTUR
20
1

1
17
MANASA SPECIAL SCHOOL, PERUNGUDI
20

1
2
18
ATHICHUDY ADYAR
15
1


19
ATHICHUDY, ADYAR
5


1

Limca Record

Another highlight of Vegam is that it is nominated for Limca Records for holding maximum number of Events in a Single day for the differently abled.


Facts and Figures

  1. 483 Participants
  2. 180+ Volunteers
  3. 200 Parents, Teachers and Caretakers
  4. 216 Medals given
  5. Donations Collected 1,14,400 INR

Volunteers

Full credits for the grand success of Vegam 2014 goes one and only to the dedicated volunteers...
  1. Cheering team (Master. Varun (Rathi's son), Venkat's amma & appa)
  2. Feedback/suggestions (Pazhanidurai sir, Balasubramanian sir, Swami sir)
  3. Photographs/videos (Sruthi, Lakshmi Narayanan, Satish bonthu, Saravanan)
  4. Parking (Aadhiseshan)
  5. Transport (Anand)
  6. Volunteer registration desk (Harshini, Nagappan, Ishwarya, Nandani, Tamil Selvi)
  7. Student Registration desk (Pavithra, Lalitha, Haritha, Aarya, Almas)
  8. MC desk/certificate (Rathi, Sudhakar, Narayanan sir, Mahesh, Prithvi, Sathish Kumar)
  9. Water/Health drink team (Saiyasodharan, Suryaprasad, Thanigaivel, Alagappan, Dinesh, Nivaas, Shravan, Sathya sir, Bala mam, Banu Prakash)
  10. Food team (Sasikumar, Anand, Paul, Sruthi)
  11. Events Organisers (Jai Sankar, Charu, Venkat, Haribabu, Lakshmanan, Bala mam, Ponmurugan, Tirupathaiah, Gayathri, Raghav, Era Karthik, Ishwarya, Lakshmi Priya, Thilak)
  12. Sanitary Help (Ashwin)

Outside Support - Volunteers

More than CSS volunteers, volunteer’s support from other organisations proved very helpful in terms of Volunteer strength. They are
  1. The Contingent
  2. Cognizant Technology Solutions
  3. Thomson Reuters
  4. Orchid chemicals
  5. SRM college students
  6. Sathyabama college
  7. Women's christian college
  8. Ashok Leyland
  9. Healthy family fitness centre
  10. Smile Web Radio
  11. Many more individuals on their own interest (via from Facebook & "The Hindu")

Outside Support - Monetary

Special thanks to following organisations for their generous monetary supports
  1. Cognizant Technology Solutions
  2. Sruthi Lakshman
  3. Chakrawarthy
  4. Thomson Reuters
  5. Britto
  6. Balakannan
  7. Sivakumar
  8. Bala Sankar
  9. Jaganya
  10. Premkumar
  11. Meeta Asthana
  12. Mahesh
  13. Nagappan
  14. Mahesh
  15. Vyshnavi
  16. Shravan
Thanks to the generous donation from our supporters that we received 1,14,400 INR

Vegam Photo Albums:


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