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KARACHI: Special children entertained

April 13, 2002

KARACHI, April 12: Over a 100 visually-impaired children of the Ida Rieu School and College for Deaf and Blind were entertained at a function held in a five star hotel on Friday.

Renowned social worker Jimmy Engineer said that the even was organized in connection with his “food for the handicapped children” programme, under which he took the poor handicapped children to the elite city restaurants so that they could also enjoy life.

He said under the programme he was trying to line up some 25 to 30 elite restaurants where he could take around 100 handicapped children at least once a month.

He said between 2,500 and 3,000 handicapped children, belonging to the less-privileged section of the society, could have fun and enjoy the surroundings.

Earlier, Iglal T. John of the Pearl Continental Hotel said when her organization learnt about Jimmy’s programme, it approached the social worker to know whether they could also join the noble cause.

She said when God takes away any one of the senses (like vision), He always supplements it with other abilities, she was referring to a few children who had sang beautiful songs on the occasion. She suggested that with more training, guidance and hard work they could become professional singers.

Principal of the Ida Rieu, Qudisa Khan, and one of the students, Abdul Wahab, also spoke.

Stage and television artist Farzana Naz, who has been singing at all such functions for a year, enthralled the audience with many folk and national songs.

Zainab Waheed, Mohsin Abro, Sohail Ahmad, Batool Alam, Sonia Ali, who were visually impaired and taking training at the Ida Rieu’s music classes, also sang songs and kept their colleagues spellbound.