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Tuesday, December 04, 2018

Fashion show by differently abled

The Mutually Beneficial Foundation (MBA) and Self Esteem Foundation for Disabled (SEFD) is presenting ‘STRIDE 2018 - Walk with Dignity’ on December 5 at Sri Shanmukhananda Auditorium, Sion (7pm onwards). The show, where the differently abled walk with professional models on the ramp, is being held to commemorate International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

MBA  Foundation is a Charitable Trust started in 2002 for rehabilitation of people with disabilities. SEFD was formed in 2011 to promote marketing of products and services of differently abled people and inclusion of Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) in mainstream employment.

Meenakshi Balasubramaniyam, Chairperson, MBA Foundation shares, “It’s a great endeavour to take one step towards empowerment of people with disabilities and to give them mainstream exposure, thus creating awareness amongst the general public  to recognise their abilities. It’s a great opportunity for these youngsters to show they are not different despite being differently abled.”

A polio survivor and motivational speaker Neenu shares, “We are surrounded with lots of struggles and setbacks, but everybody has the power to transform themselves and find hidden opportunities. Over the last 13 years I have counselled parents and individuals to overcome their limitations and move ahead with complete determination. I was awarded as the first Ms. Wheelchair India in 2013.”

Akhil, an employee of Self Esteem Foundation For Disabled, shares, “I was diagnosed with ADHD, Dyslexia and termed a slow learner but I was never a mentally challenged one; my memory was very sharp. So I had to undertake lopsided education, day time in a regular but smaller school and evenings with a special educator and therapist. My presence and visits has sensitised many people in society and made them aware of the capabilities of the differently abled.”

The clothes are designed by Archana Kochhar for the wheelchair models. Clothes for young achievers of mainstream lifestyle on crutches are designed by Varija Bajij and clothes for young adults across disabilities in adaptive clothing is designed by a team from Le Mark School of Design and Silk India. The show is directed by Utsav Dholakia.

Where Sri Shanmukhananda Auditorium, Sion

When Wednesday December 5, 6.30 pm Donor passes available from Rs 500

19th NCPEDP Helen Keller awards winners felicitated

The  19th National Centre for Promotion of Employment for Disabled People (NCPEDP) Mindtree Helen Keller Awards 2018 felicitated 12 individuals and corporates for promoting employment opportunities for people with disabilities in India. Dr Satya Pal Singh,  Minister of State for Human Resource Development, Govt of India, gave away the awards in Delhi on December 2, the eve of World Disability Day.

NCPEDP is India's premier cross-disability advocacy organisation and pioneer of several pathbreaking legislative changes which been organising the  Helen Keller Role Model Awards since 1999 in the wake of the findings of its survey  of the Top 100 Companies of India. The results showed that the average percentage of employment of people with disabilities were a negligible 0.54 % in the public sector,  0.28 % in the private sector and  0.05 % in multinationals.

This year's winners include three from Mumbai: B.S. Nagesh, Founder, Trust for Retailers & Retail Associates of India, Raja Sekhar Reddy and Shishir Rambhau Gorle's Squaremeal Foods Private Limited and Trent Hypermarket Pvt. Ltd, a TATA & TESCO Enterprise.

Squaremeal  employs  speech and hearing impaired employees at Mirchi & Mime, a fine dining restaurant in Powai. The employees are provided opportunities as bartenders, cashiers, servers, and supervisors who are promoted to managerial levels. An eight-week classroom training program in association with Dr Reddy’s Foundation, Hyderabad (also a winner this year) and supported by NASEOH and Rochiram T Thadani High School for the Hearing Handicapped targets their self-development and skill development. The entire core team including chefs were taught basic sign language by a certified tutor.

B.S. Nagesh's TRRAIN works to empowering persons with disabilities (PwD) in retail and thereby creating an inclusive workforce. Over 10,000 PwD have been trained since the inception of the program and over 72% of them have been gainfully employed. 

Seven per cent of Star’s (Trent Hypermarket Pvt. Ltd.) total manpower comprises people with disabilities. In the past few years, the growth of employees with disabilities as a part of the total workforce stands at 200%.

Other awardees include Dawinder Singh, (Amritsar) Proprietor, Sehdev Jewellers and GemLab Laboratories; Director, iBerry Wireless Pvt. Ltd. and Venus Enterprises; and CEO,,  Moses Chowdari Gorrepati,  Program Manager, Enable India, (Bengaluru)  Naveen Ravindranath,  Executive, Issue Retrieval Centre, IT Asset Management, DellEMC (Bengaluru) Tiffany Brar, Founder, Jyothirgamaya Foundation (Trivandrum) Aradhana Lal, Vice President - Brand, Communications & Sustainability Initiatives, Lemon Tree Hotels Ltd,  New Delhi and Yajurvendra Anil Mahajan,Founder & Executive Director, Deepstambh Foundation (Jalgaon), The Leprosy Mission Trust India (New Delhi) and the Worth Trust  started in 1963 by the Swedish Red Cross in Vellore.

Fitness fest

Gold’s Gym is launching the second edition of its annual multi-fitness activities platform, FIT MAST FEST 2.0” (FMF 2), filled with fun and fitness on December 08. Fitness specialists will get you involved with workouts like circuit training, functional training, zumba, power garba and much more. The festival also includes a circuit zone with activities such as net climbing and lizard crawl; individual challenges based on themes (bank robbery and mannequin rescue) and adult trampolines and other props for selfies and group photos. There are vouchers worth more than `1000 from Gold’s Gym and various other brands.

Where Opp. Kamlavihar Sports Club, Mahavir Nagar, Kandivali West

When December 8 | 2pm to 8 pm

Contact 8976834831 / 32

Register /book your tickets now at:

Mental health programme

Mpower is introducing a tailor-made program called the Youth Mental Health First Aid, affiliated to Mental Health First Aid, Australia. This certification program trains you to spot the signs and offer help to young adults developing a mental health problem or to those who are undergoing a mental health crisis.

The two-day certified tailor-made programme is aimed at training parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens who work closely with young adults (ages 12-25).

Where Mpower - The Centre, Hughes Road

When December 5 and 6, 9:30 a.m.– 6p.m.

Price Rs4500


Contact 97028 00489

Marathon training for kids

Kleinetics, in association with Juniorthon, is organising a Kids’ Marathon Training – Quick Start program for Juniorthon 2018. The training is designed for youngsters who are registered for Juniorthon’18. It will work on their conditioning, pacing, endurance and mindset, in time for Juniorthon’18. All registered participants get one training session complimentary.

Juniorthon is Mumbai’s longest run and fitness carnival for children, which aims to promote running as an active lifestyle for children and their families. The Kids’ Marathon Training Program will be held at Jio Garden (BKC), Bhakti Park Garden (Wadala), RD Garden (Deonar), Novotel Hotel, (Juhu Beach), Heritage Gardens (Powai).

The sessions are being held on December  9 and 16 (7.30 am – 8.30 am). To register for Mumbai Juniorthon 2018, log on to

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