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With 30,000 members in a day, Twinkle Club breaks previous records


What a sight it was to see parents accompanying children standing patiently in the long queue, seeking membership of ‘The Hitavada’ Twinkle Club, the largest children’s club of the country. Their enthusiasm can be gauged from the fact that six children were in the queue before midnight on Saturday itself. All roads in the city were leading to the venue of Twinkle Club membership dr... Read More


What a sight it was to see parents accompanying children standing patiently in the long queue, seeking membership of ‘The Hitavada’ Twinkle Club, the largest children’s club of the country. Their enthusiasm can be gauged from the fact that six children were in the queue before midnight on Saturday itself. All roads in the city were leading to the venue of Twinkle Club membership drive on Sunday. And, the result was -- a record-breaking 30,000 kids getting enrolled as members of the Twinkle Club, which is celebrating its silver jubilee.


Hordes of people on two-wheelers and in four-wheelers arrived at Gorakshan Sabha from all directions of the city and quickly joined the queue that started after Saturday midnight itself. It took no time for the line to zigzag its way upto Kalimata Mandir and by afternoon it got extended up to lanes of Dhantoli with more people joining in.

 


People were seen filling up membership forms on the seats of two-wheelers and rushing to be in the queue. The roads around Gorakshan Sabha remained crowded till supplies of gift packets were exhausted at 7 pm, well past the scheduled deadline of
6 pm.

 


The kids were all enthusiastic about the membership, and they came with their flock of friends to get cards with numbers in a sequence. Those who got in the compound of Gorakshan Sabha cheered with joy. As the queue moved ahead, and they collected loads of gifts and ‘The Hitavada’ Twinkle Club ‘goody bag’, their smiles turned into bright laughters. The kids cherishing delicious ice-cream from Dinshaw’s was a sight to behold, as it was nothing but pure joy.

 


Of course, the kids also made it a point to shake hands with the mascots of tiger, elephant,
Chhota Bheem, and monkey, and also danced with them on foot-tapping numbers being played at the venue. O P Singh Academy’s anchor Treza Michael also struck a lively chord with the kids and their parents as well with quiz, song, and dance activities.

 


Of course, interaction with new members was, as always, a refreshing experience. Savani Apte, a Std IV student of Chanda Devi Saraf (CDS) High School was very excited like others to be a part of Twinkle Club. “Twinkle Club is the best in the country. This is the third time I am becoming member and I will come next year also,” she added with a smile. She participates actively in different competitions organised by Twinkle Club throughout the year. Savani has participated in the drawing competition organised by Twinkle Club for last three years and won prizes.
Asha Pacheriwala was a Twinkle Club member 15 years ago. In the silver jubilee year of Twinkle Club, she is a proud mother of Raunak. She came to make Raunak a member of Twinkle Club.

 


The cousins -- Ketan, Abir, and Tejas Meshram -- also enjoyed the membership drive. Ketan said that it was their fourth time when they were getting enrolled as members of the biggest children’s club in the country. “The programmes conducted by Twinkle Club are the biggest attraction for club members. Every year, we participates in summer camp,” said Abir. Loads of gifts and ice-cream are the most attractive part, added Tejas with a grin.

 


Tanuj Verma, a Std VII student of Modern School said that he became member of Twinkle Club for the first time this year. “The huge crowd and gifts are a surprise and indicator of popularity of the club,” he said. He became a member as one of his friends told him about Twinkle Club membership. Enjoying the lively atmosphere, he said that he would become member next year also, and participate in all the activities to be held throughout this year.

 


The Orange City’s Who’s Who also were invited to grace the membership drive of ‘The Hitavada’ Twinkle Club, and they made it a point to be there. They all appreciated unique activity called Twinkle Club, and were impressed by the overwhelming response it gets every year since 25 years. They also extended best wishes to ‘The Hitavada’ for inclusion of Twinkle Club in the Limca Book of Records for the third time.

 


Mayor and MLC Prof Anil Sole, Divisional Commissioner Anoop Kumar, Municipal Commissioner Shyam Wardhane, Commissioner of Police K K Pathak, Special Inspector General of Police (Anti-Naxalite Operations) Anup Kumar Singh, Pro-Vice Chancellor of Rashtrasant Tukdoji Maharaj Nagpur University Dr Vinayak Deshpande, Zilla Parishad chief Sandhya Gotmare, MLA Krishna Khopde, Chief Conservator of Forest Shailesh Tembhurnikar, Conservator of Forest P K Mahajan, Additional Commissioner (Revenue) S G Gautam, Deputy Commissioner (GAD) Appasaheb Dhulaj, Additional Divisional Railway Manager (Central Railway) Jaydeep Gupta, Defence PRO Wg Cdr Sameer Gangakhedkar, President of Tirupati Urban Bank Sameer Meghe, Superintendant of Police (GRP) Shashikant Mane, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Bharat Tangde, DCP (Crime) Sunil Kolhe, DCP (HQ) Vijay Pawar, Additional SP (Nagpur Rural) Prakash Jadhav, ACP (Traffic) Mahadev Gawade, PI (Dhantoli) Girish Tathod, API (Traffic) Ganesh Gurav, and the list goes on.

 


All of them were too happy to be there and witness the fantastic start to silver jubilee year celebrations of the Twinkle Club.

 


The sponsors also were happy to get their share of smiles from the young and enthusiastic members. Subhash Jain, Chairman, Suruchi Group; Jimi Rana, Joint Managing Director, Dinshaw’s; Shiraj Gimi, President, Bapuna Group; Aakash Bhojwani, Director, Bhojwani Foods; Vikram Divadkar, Director, Ajit Bakery; Vivek Thakkar of Punit Super Bazar; HMSI dealership’s Dev Kanoria, Nitin Bhute, Laxmansinh Bhonsle, Hemant Kadu, Ismail Khan; Anand Jha, Regional Sales Manager, Glen Appliances; Deepak Khurana of Deepak Electric Stores; Nitesh Singh, Director, Abaccus; Subhalaxmi Wazalwar of Tupperware; Ankit Devani of Brindavan’s; and O P Singh of O P Singh Events were among the sponsors who visited the event.

 


The event assumed its grand scale with the fantastic support of Suruchi Group, Apna Bhandar, Dinshaw’s ice-cream, Haldiram’s, Vicco, Bhojwani’s, Ajit Bakery, Kellogg’s, Waghmare Food Products Pvt Ltd, Cadbury Oreo, Punit Super Bazar, Rotary Club of Nagpur, Mascot Honda, Sudarshan Honda, Tajshree Honda, Sai Point Honda, Highland Park, Dataronics Systems, Glen, Moonlight Studio, Abaccus, O P Singh Events, Tupperware, Deepak Electric Stores, Brindavan’s, MKH Sancheti Public School and Junior College, and Deepak Agencies.

 


O P Singh Events managed the music and sound during the event and the team comprised Dinesh Chaudry, Shekhar Wadhai, Harshal Dhonge, Chandrashekhar Lale, Gaurav, Nikhil, Suraj, Kunal, Vicky, and Milind. Treza Michael and RJ Priyanka of Red FM, the radio partner, made the mega-event more entertaining and fun-filled. Rohit Pal managed the event. Of course, one must not forget to mention the Police Department, which extended full co-operation.

 


The kids who got enrolled as members of the Twinkle Club can expect more gifts by lucky draw.

 




1,500 members at KEC International

While the Twinkle Club membership drive is a highly-awaited event in the calendar of children in the city, KEC International also made available the opportunity to kids at Butibori. And, a total of 1,500 kids got enrolled on the day.


The team of KEC International took the initiative to enrol the members of Twinkle Club at Butibori, for which the company made all the arrangements. In fact, the team of KEC International visited the schools and urged the manegements to take advantage of the membership drive being organised in Butibori.
Head (HR) of KEC International Pradeep Raut and Shubhangi Saxena, who looks after Corporate Social Responsibility activities of the company, took special efforts to make the drive a grand success.

 



Special thanks to Police Department

 

 

A huge responsibility was shouldered on the staff of Dhantoli Police Station and that of Traffic Control Branch (South), on Sunday to ensure smooth conduct of the membership drive of ‘The Hitavada’ Twinkle Club. Since early morning, Traffic Police were on duty and guided the early birds to properly park their vehicles and avoid congestion.


Thereafter, as crowd began to swell, the staff of Dhantoli Police Station took over the management and aided the staff of ‘The Hitavada’ and its security wing in streamlining the process of people’s movement. As it was an overwhelming turnout, without the effective management on part of City Police, the drive would not have achieved the stupendous success.

 


Police Inspector of Dhantoli Police Station Girish Tathod, Assistant Police Inspector (Traffic) Ganesh Gurav, Sub-Inspector Omprakash Bhalavi along with staff of the police station, Traffic Control Branch (South) maintained a strict vigil at the venue, Gorakshan Sabha, throughout the day.

 


Special mention has to be made of Commissioner of Police K K Pathak, who directed Dhantoli Police Station to beef up bandobast after his visit and appreciated the work being done by ‘The Hitavada’.
 

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Here’s ‘My eco-friendly’ Ganesha...

“Shaping up my own Lord Ganesha is indeed a great joy. I am enjoying it a lot. I am doing something creative after a long time,” said 63-year-old Dr Kishor Moharil, a participant in The Hitavada’s camp of making eco-freindly Ganesha idol, at Vishnu Ji Ki Rasoi, Bajaj Nagar, here on Sunday. The camp commenced on September 7 and concluded here on Sunday.

Participants in every group... Read More

“Shaping up my own Lord Ganesha is indeed a great joy. I am enjoying it a lot. I am doing something creative after a long time,” said 63-year-old Dr Kishor Moharil, a participant in The Hitavada’s camp of making eco-freindly Ganesha idol, at Vishnu Ji Ki Rasoi, Bajaj Nagar, here on Sunday. The camp commenced on September 7 and concluded here on Sunday.

Participants in every group were enjoying making idols in the camp. Specially children were engrossed in making small idols of Lord Ganesha. Anirudhha Kulkarni, a 10-year-old participant said, “I am enjoying this. I never thought I could make such a good idol. Next year, I will try and make better than this.”

Another participant Rashi Govindwar, a housewife, felt that the camp has given her a chance to do something different. It built up her confidence and gave her a chance to show her creative talent, she said.

The youngest participant Arushi Joshi said, “I wanted to make Ganapati Bappa myself. It is not easy but my father and teachers here are helping me.”

Karishma Mirpure and Indrani Madhugiri found it special and said that making idol was an art. They wanted to know hardwork put in by the artists who make idols every year.

Omkar Sathe and Raghav Birewar too found it exciting and were enjoying in the camp. They said that POP idols pollute water and there are many side-effects. Hence they want to initiate for eco-friendly Ganesha. Trainer Subodh Sathe and his assistants trained of participants.

Eco-friendly Ganesha theme has been appreciated by many but there are very few who actually came forward and follow the same.

The Hitavada’s camp provided such people an opportunity and contributed in celebrating eco-friendly Ganesha festival.

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When kids sweat for GREEN...

Hundreds of children took an initiative to create awareness about conservation of nature by participating in the mini-marathon -- ‘Green Run - Let’s Run For Fun’ -- organised by The Hitavada Twinkle Club on Sunday. The event was organised exclusively for children between the age group of 8 and 15 years to inculcate a sense of responsibility and sensitivity towards environment. Around 600 ch... Read More

Hundreds of children took an initiative to create awareness about conservation of nature by participating in the mini-marathon -- ‘Green Run - Let’s Run For Fun’ -- organised by The Hitavada Twinkle Club on Sunday. The event was organised exclusively for children between the age group of 8 and 15 years to inculcate a sense of responsibility and sensitivity towards environment. Around 600 children participated in the event which was divided in two categories; 8-11 years and 12-15 years. 
Organised for the first time by The Hitavada Twinkle Club, ‘Green Run’ not just attracted children but also fascinated Nagpurians. The event was organised in association with Sandeep Dwellers Pvt. Ltd (SDPL), a premium construction company.
Vinit Raj, a Standard VI student of Montfort High School, was the fastest sprinter in the 8-11 year age group category while Rahul Mandal of Narayana Vidyalayam and Arya Dade finished second and third winners respectively. Aryan Ole-Patil of Bhavan’s B P Vidya Mandir of Civil Lines Branch secured the fourth position. Similarly, Abha Lad of Somalwar Nikalas High School was the first among girls in same age group to cross the finish line. 
In 12-15 year age group category, Manpreet Singh Khokhar, a student of Bhavan’s BP Vidya Mandir of Srikrishna Nagar Branch stood first while Kartik Misra of Bhavan’s BP Vidya Mandir, Civil Lines was second and Kshitij Chavhan of Centre Point School, Wardhaman Nagar, was third. 
The first winners were presented gift vouchers of Rs 10,000 each while first and second runners-up received gift vouchers of Rs 5,000 and Rs 1,000 respectively. A special prize was presented to Pravesh Malvia. Earlier, Air Vice-Marshal V S Bharti, Senior Air and Administrative Staff Officer of Maintenance Command of Indian Air Force flagged off the run. 
Appreciating the event, Air Vice-Marshal V S Bharti said, children should know the meaning of nature conservation and it is the right time to inculcate in them the sense of responsibility about nature. ‘Green Run’ is a great initiative by The Hitavada Twinkle Club and it should be continued. 
Vijay Phanshikar, Editor of The Hitavada; Ashok Agarwala, Managing Director of Vidarbha Industries Ltd., and Director of Sandeep Dwellers Pvt. Ltd.; Nitin Jhavar, AGM and Business Head of HDFC, Nagpur; Harish Kumar Dass, Director of Vidarbha Industries Ltd., also shared the dais. 
Rajendra Purohit, General Manager, The Hitavada; Archana Purohit, Director, The Hitavada; Gaurav Agarwala, Akansha Agarwala, Business Head, SDPL, Kinshuk Agarwala; Sameer Wankhede, Business Manager, The Hitavada, and others were also present. 
Aasawari Shenolikar, Magazine Editor, The Hitavada, conducted the proceedings and proposed a vote of thanks. Dr Varun Bhargava and his team of Care Hospital provided the medical help. Dinshaw Ice Cream provided Ice Cream to the participants during the event. Red FM team, SDPL team, The Hitavada team and City Police worked hard for success of the event.
‘Twin’ fun at Green Run
Sanya and Riya Shahir Jangade, twin sisters also participated in the run for the fun. They were the only twins at the event. Both are students of Tata Parsi Girls High School. Full of enthusiasm, Sanya said, “Nature is our friend and we should conserve it for our future. Green Run by The Hitavada Twinkle Club is a good platform for creating awareness about nature.”
Participants display placards on ‘Save nature’
Most of the participants of the Green Run displayed placards on topics of nature conservation. Some read - Save Water, Save Nature, Save Animals, Nature Is Our Best Friend, etc. It showed that all the participants were aware about the need for conservation of nature and participated with zeal to protect environment. 
Red FM team attracts kids
Radio Jockey (RJ) Aki and RJ Shrishtee of Red FM entertained the participants and spectators.During the event, both RJs interacted with the young and energetic participants and encouraged them. They also distributed goodies to the participants with best slogans on placards. 
FDA on anti-tobacco mission
Representatives of Food and Drug Administration (FDA) also attended the nature-friendly event -- Green Run by The Hitavada Twinkle Club -- holding banners to create awareness about ill affects of tobacco. Some of the banners read --  Tobacco-free Indians, Healthy India, Tobacco Kills, etc. 

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25,200 children become members of The Hitavada Twinkle Cub this year

Like every year 'The Hitavada Twinkle Club' membership drive proved to be the most exciting event not only for the children, but also for the elders - as right from the morning, parents and grandparents along with their wards queued up in front of the Gorakshan Sabha premises for membership drive of the country's largest children's club - The Hitavada Twinkle Club.

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Like every year 'The Hitavada Twinkle Club' membership drive proved to be the most exciting event not only for the children, but also for the elders - as right from the morning, parents and grandparents along with their wards queued up in front of the Gorakshan Sabha premises for membership drive of the country's largest children's club - The Hitavada Twinkle Club.

On the very first day of membership drive, 22,200 children registered their names with Twinkle Club. Throughout the day, there was a steady stream of people thronged the venue. Even humidity and rains could not dampen their spirit. The enthusiasm, happiness and excitement of children got doubled after receiving the 'Goodie bag'. Their smiling faces and twinkle in the eyes explained their bonding with 'Twinkle Club' and for those who got associated with the club for the first time it was indeed a very 'Goodie' welcome.

The drive began at 7.45 am in the morning; however, enthusiasts thronged for registration at Gorakshan Sabha premises , from Saturday evening. A long queue in the morning became longer with each passing hour. The fervour of membership made the children groove and the foot-tapping music helped in the process. Along with the music, children enjoyed the delicious ice-creams.

The most special attraction of the drive - the 'Goodie bag' - include Ice-cream by Dinshaws, Chocos by Kellogs, Halke Fulke/Banana Chips by Haldirams, Enfresh storage packs, tiffin box, seeds from Rotary Club of Nagpur, Sauce from Suruchi, Pencil eraser set, Instant mixes from Vanita Aahar, Narayani cream by Vicco and Vicco Vajradanti Paste by Vicco. The bags to carry all items were provided by Apna Bhandar. Tauby's, the cake shop, offered 20% discount coupons to all Twinkle Club members.

The most awaited part of the event was declaration of names of the Twinkle Club mascots. Videh Agrawal, a student of Bharatiya Vidya Mandir, Civil Lines named the two mascots as Dhruv and Taara and won the special prize of Twinkle note-books. Devendra Fadnavis, State President, Bharatiya Janata Party, felicitated Videh with a special set of Twinkle note-books and appreciated the event. He said, "Twinkle Club is giving a good direction to children in large numbers. This club has added a feather to city's cap by registering its name in The Limca Book of Records. Not only membership drive, but activities throughout the year guide children and encourage their skills."

Sneha Parate, a student of BDS came along with her cousin and remembered her days with Twinkle Club. She shared her memory with 'The Hitavada', and said, "I remember, I snatched the card of a girl, when I lost my card in the crowd. I was too desperate to be a part of the club."

Soumya Arkilla, standard IX student, said, "I have heard about the year-long events of Twinkle Club, but never got chance to be a part of this family. Thanks to KEC International for providing a chance to me to become a member of the club. For the first time I got the membership and I am very excited to be a part of the Twinkle Club." to be a part of the club."

Due to falling light on Sunday The Hitavada Twinkle Club membership drive was discontinued at 6 pm on first day, hundreds of children were still in the queue at Gorakshan Sabha premises. For such enthusiasts who missed the chance to become part of India's largest children club, the drive resumed on Monday at 3 pm at the same venue.

The excitement and enthusiasm was unmatched even on the second day of the drive.

Long queue on Monday endorsed the success of The Hitavada Twinkle Club among children. Even rains failed to dampen the spirit of the enthusiasts.

The membership crossed 25,200 mark on Monday.

Total 3,000 children enrolled their names to become proud members of Twinkle Club on the last day of the drive. Goodie bag and ice-cream by Dinshaws were some of the attractions at the venue.

On second day of the drive, enrollment of new members started on 3 pm and continued till the stock of gifts distributed.

While waiting for their turn, the enthusiasts shared their views with The Hitavada.

Ankit Bansod, a student of Little Angel Convent, said, he was eagerly waiting for this yearly event. His friends were the members of the Club who encouraged him to be a part of Twinkle Club.

Ranjan Padole, a 30-year-old government employee, said, "Twinkle Club is like a tradition for the children of the city. I was also a member of this club way back in 1994 and this time I am here for my son Parikshit who is now just 7-year-old. My son is really excited about the membership and he got it on the second day of the drive."

There are numerous gifts by lucky draw for which each Twinkle Club member is eligible. The lucky draw gifts are Honda Dream Yuga mobike sponsored by Mascot Honda, Sudarshan Honda and Tajshree Honda, 2 laptops sponsored by Vidarbha Infotech Pvt. Ltd., a 22 inches LCD Panel Panasonic TV, ten bicycles, 25 pop up toasters and 25 mixer grinders by Glen, 5 tab from Abaccus Computer System, 1 digital camera and 50 family royal portrait by Moonlight, 25 double bed sheets with pillow cover from Deepak Agencies, 7 gift hampers worth Rs 1,000 each from Tupperware and Birthday entertainment package worth Rs 10,000 for 5 lucky winners from OP Singh Events. Results of lucky draw will be announced in due course of time.

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Camp Flagoff from The Hitavada office

The sun was at its peak and the mercury was inching towards 47 degrees C. A minute in the afternoon sun and the sweat glands were working overtime. In short the weather was hot and sultry. Yet, the three hundred children who had gathered in the premises of Gorakshan Sabha Gruh were smiling. It’s because they were extremely happy to be part of the second Personality Development Camp organized by The Hit... Read More

The sun was at its peak and the mercury was inching towards 47 degrees C. A minute in the afternoon sun and the sweat glands were working overtime. In short the weather was hot and sultry. Yet, the three hundred children who had gathered in the premises of Gorakshan Sabha Gruh were smiling. It’s because they were extremely happy to be part of the second Personality Development Camp organized by The Hitavada in association with Bhonsala Adventure and Sports Foundation. As the children lined up to board the buses, the venue reverberated with their cheers, laughter and seeing the bonhomie of many who had met each other for the first time, it brought a smile of relief to many a parents’ faces who were clearly anxious to see their children off for the ten day camp. Pramod Batra whose eleven-year-old son is part of this camp appreciated the efforts of The Hitvada and BASF in organizing the camp year after year. “I am of the firm opinion that children must experience a ‘camp’ of this kind during their growing up years. They are out of their protected and pampered environs and learn to become responsible and become bold to confront the challenges that they might face.” Rutul Danikar, a class IX student of Narayan Vidyalaya is going to the camp because his mother who was a NCC cadet feels that this is going to hone his leadership skills. “My son is a wonderful orator and from what I have heard about this PDC, it is surely going to help him in many ways,” she says. The ten-day camp introduces the children to the military style regime from day one. They learn discipline, they learn to obey, they learn to work in a team and learn to assume responsibility and their leadership qualities blossom. The physical development is taken care of by the many physical activities that the children undertake including rock climbing, horse riding, rappelling, river rafting, river crossing, night navigation, swimming. They are also taught disaster management and how to help if a calamity strikes. The mental stimulation comes from contests, guest lectures, treasure hunts, quizzes and workshops. At the end of the ten-day camp, a mega show is organized wherein participants showcase whatever they have learnt in front of invited audience and parents. Rajendra Purohit Managing Partner The Hitavada, Shailesh Joglekar Secretary Bhonsala Military School, Tarun Patel Director of Bhonsala Military Schhol, Air Cdr Retd DD Mandpe Commandant of the Bhonsala Military School and Samir Wankhede, Advertising Manager The Hitavada were present at the venue to see the participants off.

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