|Written by Administrator|
|Friday, 08 June 2012 18:03|
On 8th June, 2012, the Make-A-Difference Society, more popularly known by the acronym MAD, conducted a mega event called the MAD-A-THON. The programme included a marathon with the motive to spread awareness about the dying streams in Dehradun , followed by an interactive event with Former Chief Minister Major General (Rtd.) B.C. Khanduri.
The Make-A-Difference Society was formed on 8 June, 2011 by around 25 youngsters of Dehradun. Their main aim was, as the name suggests, to make a difference in the society and the environment for the better. The members of this society feel that youth today has a major role in making the world the way it is and the way it would be in the future years. With this objective in mind, these young people have devoted themselves to the mission of making our home, our Earth, a better and a safer place to live in.
The marathon began at around 6:30 a.m. from Gandhi Park, and ended at Summer Valley School. The route of the marathon was about 5 kms long. All the participants were brimming with enthusiasm. The First prize was bagged by Lalit Thapliyal, Second prize by Rajat Vishwakarma, and the Third prize by Jeetendra Gupta. Some special prizes were also given to Jagnandini Singh, who came first among the girls and Mr. Narottam Mehra, who was the oldest runner of the marathon (84 years old). Devansh Chauhan and Mayank Pant were given prizes in the junior category.
The open floor session of question and answers with Former Chief Minister Major General (Rtd.) B.C. Khanduri started at 9 a.m. at Summer Valley School. Maj. Gen. Khanduri was posed with several questions about the cleanliness of the footpaths in the city, preserving the environment, afforestation, management of the roads and sewage lines, pension system, and various other issues to which he answered patiently and assured one and all that progress in every sphere is being made. The winners were then given away the prizes by Major Khanduri. He also congratulated MAD saying, “The youth of today do not generally have time for all these issues. Caring for the environment and the society is not in fashion for the young people in most of the places. I am glad that the young people of Doon are taking out time from the rat-race of grades, and doing something for the upliftment of the society.”
The programme ended with the cake-cutting ceremony, marking the completion of 1 year of the MAD Society.
Cheers to the MAD youth who have taken on many projects since the past one year to keep Doon clean, green and pollution free.