In ancient history of India, women used to tie a thread around the wrist of their brothers, so to seek protection from all the ills of the society. Since then, the festival of Rakshabandhan is celebrated widely in our country. Time and again history has seen great incidences of brother – sister relationships. One such incident happened recently on August 9, 2017 when hundreds of students from different schools across Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad came together to pay a tribute to our firemen.
To commemorate the soul of the festival of Rakshabandhan, Safe Kids Foundation under its Honeywell supported ‘Safe Kids at Home’ program organized SuRakshabandhan in Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad, an Inter-School Rakhi Making Competition on the theme ‘Fireman our Protector’ where over 100 students from 34 schools participated and made rakhis for firemen who protect us from fire hazards. The aim of this competition was to sensitize the students about fire safety and encourage them to acknowledge the selfless service the fire officers render to us by writing a poem or a message as a token of gratitude for them. The children displayed beautiful handmade rakhis and creative poems for our firemen. Though every rakhi and poem was equally beautiful and heart touching, top three winners from each Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad were awarded with a Safe Kids goodie bag and a ‘Certificate of Excellence’. The winning schools were also awarded with a trophy and a ‘Certificate of Appreciation’ for providing their support to ‘Safe Kids at Home’ program and motivating students to participate in the competition.
The occasion was graced by Ms. Manjushree Khardekar, the local Corporator, Mr. Jayant Bhave, local Corporator, Mr. Prashant Ranpise, Chief Fire Officer, Fire Department, PMC, Mr. Rajesh Jagtap, Station Fire Officer, Erandwane Fire Station and Dr. Cinthia Pinto, Program Director, Safe Kids Foundation. The celebrations at PCMC were witnessed by Mr. Iqbal Khan, Trustee, Beena English Medium School, Ms. Samina Momin, Principal, Beena English Medium School and Mr. Pratap Chavan, Station Duty Officer, Fire Department, PCMC.
At the end, what would be a better way to celebrate a festival than living its soul in the real sense. Students celebrated this festival by tying rakhis to our firemen, including Mr. Prashant Ranpise, CFO PMC, for being our protectors from fire hazards and acknowledging their supreme work with their beautiful poems and messages.