Friday, July 07, 2017

Maiden flight puts them on cloud nine

Thiruvananthapuram: Clouds were floating outside the windows and the houses, rivers, trees below seemed so distant, so tiny. The new experience sent 58 passengers aboard a flight from Kochi to the city to raptures.

The group comprised differently abled persons who were on their maiden trip aboard an aeroplane on Thursday.

Kerala State Commission for Protection of Child Rights chairperson Shobha Koshy and member Sr. Biji Jose were present to welcome the group at the domestic terminal of the city airport.

The trip and the reception left the group, accompanied by 12 teachers, beaming. They recounted their experience up in the sky and sang songs. “On the flight, we clapped and laughed,” said a group member.

The trip was organised by the Rotary District 3201’s Rotary Club of Cochin International Airport, Rotary Cochin West and Rotary Tricity. The clubs had organised the Rotary Olympics for Special Education Students in November last and selected 11 schools through draw of lots. Five students each were selected from these schools along with a couple of more children such as Jilumol who works as a graphic designer despite having no arms. The club presidents and Rotary project chairman M. Romelal also accompanied the students.
07/07/17 The Hindu