Rtn. Dr. Jai Singh along with a Group of 8 Rotaractors who were students of the Institute undertook a unique mission to promote awareness of Polio, Skin Bank Project, create awareness among people to be considerate towards the nation and raise awareness among the youth to join Rotaract.
THE MISSION WAS EPITOMIZED BY THE WORD RACE WHICH STANDS FOR:
R- Right Education,
A- Awareness of Medication,
C- Concern for the Nation,
E- Eradication of Polio.
The team under leadership of Rtn. Dr. Jai Singh commenced their journey on 30th September 2011 (September being New Generation month of Rotary) from the ‘Tower of Victory’ in Chittorgarh Fort to their Institute in Pune, covering a distance of 1100 Kms through states of Rajasthan, MP & Maharashtra.
The reason for beginning the journey from the ‘Tower of Victory’ was on account of its significance as a monument which symbolizes victory, which is what the group wanted to achieve through their mission. (The ‘Tower of Victory’ was constructed by Maharana Kumbha in 1440 AD to commemorate his victory over Mohammed Khilji).
Mission – RACE was flagged off by Rotarian Ratnesh P. Kashyap, DG – 2011-12, R C Jaipur South, along with President & other members of Rotary Club of Chittorgarh.
The team completed the mission using a vehicle commonly used by farmers from regions of Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan & UP known as a ‘Kissan Gadi’ or ‘Jugad’ with an intention of being able to establish rapport with the vast rural population they would meet on the way.
En-route to Pune we halted in different villages & towns to make announcements about Rotary’s mission to eradicate Polio from the face of the earth. We also visited small hamlets, spoke to local villagers regarding their awareness of Polio, investigated whether they were giving polio drops to their children & also cleared their misconception that Polio drops lead to impotency.
We interacted with over 15 Rotary Clubs (Rotary Club’s of Chittorgarh, Mandsaur, Nagda, Ujjain, Indore, Burhanpur, Mhow, Sendhwa, Dhulia, Ahmednagar etc.) and made them aware of the agendas of Mission – RACE, especially the Skin Bank Project. The team was invited to the Rotaract District Assembly at Indore on 2nd October 2011 where they donated Blood at the Blood Donation Camp organized by Rotaract Club IET at Bombay Hospital.
Being in the field of Education for over a decade, Prof. Dr. Jai Singh, wanted his students who are also Rotaractors to set an example to the youth from different schools and colleges to join Rotaract, take up projects of similar nature & contribute towards society & nation in a positive manner.
While on our way from Ahmednagar to Pune, the team met Shri Anna Hazare and briefed him about Mission – RACE and its agendas and showed him the vehicle used for the mission.
The team entered Pune on 5th October 11.30pm and reached our final destination at 12.30am. The mission which commenced on 30th September 2011 from the ‘Tower of Victory’ with a goal of being victorious was completed on 6th October which also happened to be a day of victory — ‘Vijayadashmi’.
Shrimant Ram Raje Naik Nimbalkar, Rajasahab of Phaltan, Chairman Maharashtra Legislative Council, Ex- Minister for Water Resources, Govt. of Maharashtra visited the campus to see the vehicle and meet members of Mission – RACE.
Mr. Sharad Pawar, Minister of Agriculture & Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food & Distribution, Govt. of India, appreciated the idea of Mission – RACE and gave his best wishes to the team members.
As the escort vehicle used to accomplish Mission – RACE was a Tata Safari, Rtn. Prakash Telang Ex. MD India Operations – Tata Motors met the team and signed the banner of Mission – RACE.
Some of the other people who saw the Kissan Gadi and signed the banner of Mission – RACE were Rtn. Mohan Palesha (DG 2011-12), Shrimant Sanjeev Raje Naik Nimbalkar, Rtn. Vandana Chavan, Mrs. Pratima Kirloskar, Mr. Vishwajeet Kadam (Maharashtra Youth Congress President) etc to name a few.
It was a matter of great pride for Rtn. Dr. Jai Singh and his team of Rotaractors as the Kissan Gadi on which they travelled from Chittrogarh to Pune to accomplish the agendas of Mission – RACE was used for the ‘World Polio Day Cycle Rally’ at Pune on 23rd October from Bremen Chowk to Apte Prashala.
Mission – RACE, truly a victorious mission.