Topic: Underprivileged girls and sports
Paul Walsh will share his experiences about his sports initiatives for the socially disadvantaged.
Paul, who came to Kolkata in 2002 as a diplomat at the British Deputy Commission, fell in love with Kolkata and quit the service. He set up a rugby team -Jungle Crows -and hand-picked potential players from across Bengal, including Jangalmahal, and coached them in the game. He then founded the Khelo Rugby initiative, a social commitment that aims to touch the lives of the socially disadvantaged communities with the sport.
Khelo Rugby brings adventure, challenge, and excitement into children’s lives. Khelo Rugby was started by the Jungle Crows in January 2010.
Having worked with disadvantaged and street children for many years we wanted to do something that focussed on supporting children using our rugby. They are now creating communities of children across cities that have a common bond through rugby. They know the benefit of organized sports and activities can make to a child and we love sharing our rugby, so they’ve put this in place for 12 slum communities in Kolkata, in four schools, with NGOs and also now in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Playing while learning is also fun so they have also developed some basic education programmes like hygiene and road safety with more on the way. Khelo Rugby is managed by youngsters who have been brought up within disadvantaged communities so they can relate to and counsel other youngsters.
Chennai Trekking Club Turns 10 this February and If there is one event that brings all the nature-lovers under one roof, it is “Trek Polama”, the annual trekking symposium organized by the Chennai Trekking Club. Trek Polama is a two-day event that comprises talks, workshops, live demos by renowned speakers, in addition to a range of indoor and outdoor activities which happens on Feb 17-18, 2018. Don’t miss out the talk that will change your way of living !! What are you waiting for?
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