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VenalThanima 2017 ends with a colorful finale
May 9, 2017, 4:16 pm

‘Give every day the chance to be the most beautiful day of one’s life so far’,  which is exactly what Thanima tried to do for the 200 Indian students living in Kuwait through its three-day residential camp Venal Thanima 2017, that it hosted in Juli’a from 4 - 6 May.

The campers were divided into three groups – Sub Junior, Junior and Senior. The theme of the camp was ‘Back to Books’ and focused on creating awareness in students about the importance of reading and books. The theme was conveyed and imparted into the campers through various fun-filled games, activities and interactive sessions.  The students hosted numerous activities themselves throughout the three days, which was a novel platform for them to learn and gain new perspectives.

Camp leaders were named ‘Librarians’ responsible for each group and led the interactive sessions and interesting games related to the theme of the camp. There were also energizing sessions by Babuji Bathery (Camp Director), Mini Kodiat (Camp Designer), Regi Thomas, Mubarak Kambrath, Fr. Benoy, Sijitha Rajesh, Krishna Sugandhi, Shruthi Sreejith and Sunil K. Cherian, well known resource persons from different fields.

The campers learned about being part of a community and how to cope with temporary separation from their parents living without mobiles and modern electronic gadgets, eating in steel plates thus avoiding plastic disposable plates and glasses harmful to the environment.  They lived in shared dormitories with limited facilities, a miniature hostel life.   

The concluding ceremony presided over by Alex Varghese (Conv) was attended by campers along with their parents.  Mathews Varghese (Country head of BEC) was the chief guest who had congratulated Thanima for this noble venture that it has been organizing for the past 13 years.  Followed by Camp evaluation by camper’s representatives, the Camp director and Camp designer spoke on the reasons for selecting the theme and its relevance in the present society by highlighting the values good books communicate to the children.  Beena Paul (Jt. Conv), Ruhail (Jt. Conv), Jacob Varghese (Thanima Gen. Conv), Raghunathan Nair, Shaiju Pallipuram spoke on the occasion.

Aisha Wafia was selected as the ‘Icon of the Camp’, while Danie John Thomas and Liya Febi (Sub Junior), Asher Bejoy and Arya Anand (Junior), Suhag and Ruth Shibu (Senior) were adjudged as the best campers from each group who stood out in their performance, receiving certificates, trophies and a 3-day free stay with family at Frontline Resorts, sponsored by Frontline Holidays.  Redos Library, Readers Library-A and Power House Evolution were the best groups and received prizes. 

Bibin Sam Thomas presented an after-movie for the parents highlighting the important events in the camp.  Varsha Benoy coordinated the closing ceremony that ended off successfully with the support and co-operation of Thanima Hardcore and PennThanima members making Venalthanima camp a memorable one once again. 


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