On 15th Jan’10 we celebrated the Mumbai CHILDLINE Street Children’s Party at BMC Krida Bhavan, Near Shivaji park, Dadar. Street kids from across Mumbai, Thane and Kalyan including our partners’ shelter kids and CHILDLINE team members of Mumbai came together to party hard. There was food, there was drinks, there was music and unlimited masti.
This day is very special for each and every child who comes to the party. As most of them celebrate this day as their birthday since they have no memories of a family or birth year. For them it’s their very own birthday party and they look forward to with much cheer and anticipation. Well, we definitely know that for sure, coz somewhere roughly around the time, the Didis and Bhaiyas start getting calls, asking them ‘Apun ka party kab hoenga?’.
This was the 13th CHILDLINE Birthday party and 1000 children came to have a ball of a time. For those who wanted to chill a bit and take a break from dancing to hard to bollywood music there were also these various stalls for games, mehandi, face painting and tattoo.
Amidst balloons and streamers and other festivities, the kids also came up with some performances of their own (prepared in advance). Volunteers from colleges, organisations helped us in decoration, registration and logistics/work for the day. And if all of this wasn’t enough to get their tummies rumbling, there was yummy treats and drinks and finally the Biryani dinner.
Ms. Sheela Sail, DCP, Enforcement was the chief guest for the event. The other guests were Mr.Bhavaskar, ACP of Special Police Unit and Mr. Dinakar, General Manager, Telecom.
Last but not the least a huge congregation of the Child Helpline International, Asia Pacific members, also in town for a conference came to the party and danced away to latest bollywood hits with the kids.