The Telegraph
Sunday , June 8 , 2014
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Movie & magic ride for kids

A journey by air, a happy meal at Mc Donalds, exciting games, sight-seeing and a 3D-movie experience — 40 underprivileged children had a chance to do all this recently as a gift from Round Table India.

Hosted together by Bhubaneswar Round Table 53, Calcutta Victorian Round Table 227, Calcutta Park Street Round Table 34 and Calcutta South Round Table 17, Fantasy Flight 2014 gave the children from SOS Children’s Village, an NGO in Bhubaneswar, a dream day in the city.

“We gave them the best facilities possible. We feel honoured and privileged to be able to make every minute of a day count for them,” said Vivek Barman, chairman of Calcutta Victorian Round Table 227.

Nothing could beat that first flight for the little guests. “I was so nervous,” said Anita Suna, 13. “But once the plane took off, it was beautiful.”

Juthika Das, a senior co-worker of SOS who was with the kids on the flight, said they were so excited that they started clapping when the plane took off. “The day has been a wonderful experience and I’m so happy for them,” she said.

The children’s joy reminded Sahil Saharia, convener for corporate alliances, Round Table India, of his first flight. “I can only imagine their excitement by comparing it with my first aeroplane ride.”

The 3D experience of Rajnikanth’s Kochadaiiyaan at Broadway Multiplex was also a big hit as the children “woooo”ed and “oooomph”ed every time Rajni Sir brandished a sword and performed the tandava nritya.

Puspa Muduli, 12, took home a lesson too. “The film taught me how courage and belief in oneself can help a person conquer anything,” said the girl, who loved bike racing at Mani Square mall.

The kids also enjoyed burgers and more at Mc Donalds.