Lions Club of Dimapur celebrated Deepavali Mela, the festival celebrated to mark the victory of good over evil, light over darkness, and usher in the New Year on Sunday at Lions Centre, Dimapur.
The celebration was graced by M. C Konyak, minister for forest, environment, ecology and excise, government of Nagaland as chief guest.
The minister on the occasion called upon individuals to play a vital role in overcoming evil with good things as the festival itself signified a joyous celebration of triumph of good over evil.
M.C Konyak who is also a member of Lions Club expressed satisfaction over the yeoman service and noble gesture rendered by Lions Club of Dimapur for the needy people and cause of humanity.
Konyak said the club in fulfilling the noble object had restored hope for the deprived people and anticipated they would continue contributing for the society and live up to people’s expectation.
Advisor of corporation and sericulture, Azheto Zhimomi, also a member of the club, while extending heartiest Deepavali greetings to the denizens of Dimapur, also looked forward to peaceful celebration of the festival.
The club in its endeavor to meet the needs of the needy people contributes through educational field and service to humanity.
The club organized eye-camp and eye-screening thrice this year where 14,000 suffering from eye problem were provided free medication and 150 eye screening camps were carried out, including free medical camps and has also adopted physically challenged children in meeting their educational expenses.
The club runs a health centre at its premises at Midland Dimapur providing free medication throughout the year. Various games including Tambola, hit the tin, tattoo in fashion, balloon blast, lucky 7 up and down, ring pass, dice and hit the wicket marked the occasion.Dimapur student advances in peace poster contest
Altogether 17 schools of Dimapur took part in the Lion’s Peace Poster contest. Out of the 45 participants, Sajal Jain (1st), Yash Jain (2nd), Kivinoto T. Achumi (3rd), Devika Jain (4th) and Yangokhum T. Sangtam (5th), all school students in the age group of 11 to 13 years from Delhi Public School, Hollotoli School & Bethesda Hr. Sec School were selected and awarded a cash prize of `2,500, `2,000, `1,500, `1000, `500 respectively along with winners’ and school certificates at Deepawali Mela held at Lions Club on Sunday.
Winners were awarded by Lion M.C. Konyak, Minister of Forest & Environment & Excise, Lion Azheto Zhimmomi, Chairman Planning Development Board & Advisor, Cooperation & Sericulture, Lion P. K. Dutta, PDG, Lion Pawan Maheshwari, Zone Chairman, Lion Ramesh Mundra, President, Lions Club of Dimapur, Lion Kakheli Zhimomi, President, Blue Vanda, Lion Neena Dutta.
The posters were selected by Dr. Minakshi Kalita (Ankan Bivakar & Ankan Ratna) and Dhrubajyoti Kalita from Guwahati for its originality, artistic merit and portrayal of the contest theme, “Vision of Peace”.
Both the Lions Clubs presidents’ Lion Ramesh Mundra and Lion Kakheli Zhimomi said they were impressed by the expression and creativity of the students.
All the 5 winners’ posters will advance to face stiff competition through the district, multiple district and international rounds of competition if any one of them is to be declared the international grand prize winner.
Ultimately, one grand prize winner and 23 merit award winners will be selected.
The grand prize includes a cash award of US$ 5,000 plus a trip for the winner and two family members to the awards ceremony at Lions Day with the United Nations.
The 23 merit award winners will each receive a certificate and a cash award of US$ 500. International grand prize and merit award winners may be viewed at www.lionsclubs.org.
It may be mentioned that school have taken the first step to becoming internationally recognized artistes by winning a local competition jointly sponsored by the Lions club of Dimapur and Lions Club of Blue Vanda. Winners’ posters were among more than 375,000 entries submitted worldwide in the 23rd annual Lions International Peace Poster Contest.
Lions clubs international is sponsoring the contest to emphasize the importance of world peace to young people everywhere. Lions Clubs International is the world’s largest service club organization with more than 1.3 million members in 45,000 clubs in more than 200 countries and geographic areas. In addition to its efforts toward conquering blindness, the organization has made a strong commitment to community service and helping youth throughout the world.