Pune: Gulf Oil Lubricants India Limited (GOLIL), in association with, organised an interactive session between specially abled children from the ‘Apang Kalyankari Shikshan Sanstha’ and cricketers from Rising Pune Supergiant, the Pune-based IPL franchise. Steven Smith, Faf du Plessis and Jaydev Unadkat were the star players present from the team. They participated in a fun session with over 30 children from the NGO.
The children met with the players amid much fanfare as the ‘Gulf Fan Bus’, team RPS’ official fan vehicle transported these excited young kids from the institution to the venue. Post the ride the children participated in several fun games and got the opportunity to play with the three cricket stars.
While the session was organised to acknowledge and motivate the children to follow their dreams, it also helped in rejuvenating the players from their daily schedule. The children were overjoyed to be able to meet and play with their favorite cricketers.
On the occasion, Ms. Ritu Chhabria, Director- Finolex Industries Ltd. and Managing Trustee- Mukul Madhav Foundation said, “We have been using sports as a medium of empowering children across our projects, witnessing tremendous transformation. We have been associated with Apang Kalyankari Shikshan Sanstha for a long time now and we are overwhelmed to have these international cricket stars meet children from our projects, making them believe that they have the potential to achieve the impossible. After a successful helmet drive for the traffic police in Pune, this is the second joint initiative with Gulf Oil and I am thankful to them; without whom this event wouldn’t have been possible.”
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Ravi Chawla, Managing Director, Gulf Oil Lubricants India said; “It is a great pleasure to see the excitement and enthusiasm of the children to meet their favorite cricketers. It is an exhilarating feeling to see these little fans of the Rising Pune Supergiant. This initiative has surely helped to uplift the spirits of the cricketers alike the children. The champs have certainly shared a lot of positive energy with the cricketers. We truly appreciate the gesture of the three cricketers who willingly participated in the activity. We are also thankful to Mukul Madhav Foundation for giving us this opportunity and appreciate their commitment and work being done for the specially abled children.”