Eminent personalities and young adults with special needs bond over lunch organised by Unmish
Kolkata, Sep 13 (IBNS): Unmish, a non-profit organisation, recently organised a programme called 'POORNAM 19 - The Blind Date’ for young adults with special needs at the upscale Guchhi restaurant in Hyatt Regency Kolkata.
Eminent personalities from different walks of life interacted with the young adults with special needs over a sit-down lunch.
In an interesting format, each of the dinner tables became a station for a distinctive rendezvous with a simple yet engaging game of ‘20 Questions’.
Every time the guest and the child came up with the same answers, the table scored a point.
This is how the social interaction started between two very different people and it was a heartwarming experience for both the special children and the guests.
Needless to say, the young adults, looking dapper in their formal clothes, exhibiting impeccable dinner etiquette and ever-ready to interact with the guests, thoroughly enjoyed this event specially created for them.
Adding another special touch to the afternoon, the lunch menu was selected by the children from the items they love to eat.
Even the table-mats used had drawings made by them.
Around 70 volunteers from top schools in the city were also invited to assist the smooth operation of this event.
Nita Diwan, founder of Unmish, said: “Our concept revolved around the dream we have for our young adults. We believe that our special children can carry out effortlessly all the activities that others of their age do. Through this social interaction, we wanted them to experience the joys of holistic living that come with activities like dating namely dressing up, interacting with a fresh face and eating independently."
Unmish conceptualized by Nita Diwan embarked on its journey in 2009.
It strives for an 'inclusive society' with an aim to change the lives of children and young adults with special needs.