On 8th February, 2020, CRP in collaboration with Sporsho and Rotary Club of Gulshan and St. Austell Bay organized an event “Unveiling Book Covers and Opening Ceremony of Operating Theatre under Rotary International Project on Diseases Prevention and Treatment” along with CRP’s Founder, Valerie’s birthday celebration program. A renowned children’s author Nazia Jabeen also organized book fair in CRP for the special needs children where a total of 100 students from Scholastica and South Breeze English Medium Schools also joined.
With the cultural performance of the special needs children of CRP’s William and Marie Taylor Inclusive School, the ceremony began at 10 am at the Reddaway Hall. Three books were unwrapped in the event. Two of them were Nazia Jabeen’s and the other one titled ‘Journeys 2’ was written by CRP’s long standing volunteer from UK, Elizabeth Timms. This was Liz’s 3rd book with 22 inspiring stories of amputee patients’ of CRP. After the books were unveiled, all guests and children cut the birthday cake on the stage to celebrate Valerie’s birthday. Ms. Judith Herbertson, Country Representative of the Department for International Development (DFID) attended the event as the Chief Guest. Roger Varney; Rotary Club of St Austell Bay, Jan Varney with Dr. Sayeed Uddin Helal, Principal Medical Advisor of updating the operating theatre project; Rtn M Khairul Alam; District Governor, RID-3281, Rtn Rabeya Lodi; President, Rotary Club of Gulshan, Ms. Farah Sophia Ahmed; Principal of Scholastica School and Ms. Zeenat Chowdhury; Principal of South Breeze School was present as the Special Guests. CRP’s Founder Valerie A. Taylor chaired the programme.
All guests along with CRP’s special needs children and students from Scholastica and South Breeze Schools visited the book stalls and also enjoyed a friendly women’s wheelchair basketball match at the basketball ground. The two schools cheered two different teams and handed over the prize money to the winning team and the runners up team which the students raised themselves. Later the guests inaugurated the Rotary International projects together and visited the facilities.