Bengaluru: Muslim community leaders and Seed India in collaboration with Mount Carmel PU College celebrated Bakrid with the children of foster homes. The programme was organised by Dream India Network which invited the partners and collaborators to celebrate Bakrid. Over 400 children from various Foster Homes took part in the celebration.
The event was also to express solidarity with the flood-affected victims of Karnataka and Kerala.
Speaking on the occasion, physician and social worker Dr Taha Mateen said, it was wonderful to see God's work done in unity and oneness of mind.
"Bakrid is celebrated in the name of Prophet Abraham for both Christianity and Muslim. Abraham loved God the most. He urged all to celebrate Bakrid in the spirit of love for God more than anything else and the celebration is meaningless if that love demonstrated in the sacrifice for God is absent," he added.
Sr Ashwini, Principal, Mount Carmel P U College, exhorted the children to follow Mother Teresa of Kolkata to celebrate the great sacrifice hidden in the celebrations.
Fr Anthony Swamy, Chancellor and PRO, Archdiocese of Bengaluru, expressed happiness to see the goodwill of people around. He said, Fr Edward and team made great sacrifice to run Foster Homes.
Bangalore Mayor Sampath Raj said those children are going to be the future of India. He assured shelters for the children wherever required on identifying places and building houses.
Sowmya Reddy, MLA of Jayanagar, appreciated the work of DIN so as to make others happy. She said she was an activist from childhood and stood for environmental protection and various other social issues.
Social worker Dr Dawood Iqbal requested children to respect parents and elders.
Fr Edward Thomas, the mentor and adviser, DIN, welcomed the gathering.
MLA Ramalinga Reddy, MLC Vishwan, Koshy, Firoz, social workers Reshmi, Pradeep, Ramachandran, Peter Moris, Shabeena Sultana, and others were present.
Mount Carmel College girls compered the programme. Sr. Regina led the prayer. Sr. Jayasree coordinated the programme. Sr Lissy Rose, Director, Foster Homes, proposed vote of thanks.