They Came. They Danced. They Conquered. Bharathon Recap
For a second year in a row, SAAAC’ s Bharathon was a resounding success. The four hour dance fundraiser attracted nearly 350 people and raised over $10,000. The proceeds from the event will go towards developing SAAAC’s SMART arts program, which includes dance, yoga, music, and visual art.
Presiding over the afternoon’s festivities was the great DJ Smoov (coincidentally also SAAAC’s program director) playing music ranging from hip-hop to bollywood. As music blasted through the expansive space of Sorkkam Cricket Club, the energy of the event was unmistakable with various activities taking place such as face painting, henna designs, and entertaining games (table tennis, foosball, basketball shootout).
Also, this year’s event saw the launching of SAAAC’s exciting endeavour – the Charms of Hope project. Customized by the children, youth, and volunteers of SAAAC, the exquisite jewelry pieces were on full display and garnering great attention. The feedback to the project was immensely positive at Bharathon, and was an indication of the great talent possessed by SAAAC participants and volunteers.
A staple of Bharathon has become the fun dance instructions that take place every hour. Led by members of talented dance crews, these dance instructions spanned various styles ranging from break dancing to ganna. As the event came to a close, the moment everyone was waiting for took place – awarding prizes to the participants of Bharathon. This year there were nearly 100 pledgers who took time to go out into their communities, raise awareness and funds for autism. Joseph Vijayaraj, father of a child with autism, raised $700, and won two roundtrip airline tickets to Florida along with a Mac Air Laptop.
Bharathon has always been about creating hope for families and individuals impacted by autism. It’s a rare event that brings together various individuals and communities to dance, enjoy great company while helping create a positive change in the lives of many. SAAAC is immensely proud and thankful for all the great individuals who showed their support and fulfilled the promise of Bharathon – to Dance Today. Change Tomorrow.
A big thank you to Sorkkam Cricket Club for the generous donation of their space and staff for the event. Our success would not have been possible without the kindness and generosity of the individuals of Sorkkam.
To all the volunteers who spent the day setting up, running the event, and cleaning up. SAAAC is once again touched by your commitment and passion.
Bharathon would not have been possible without its participants. SAAAC extends a warm thank you to all those who took the time to raise pledges and in the process help raise awareness of autism in their communities.
Finally, a huge thank you to Ajyayen Param from DesignsBy Ajay for his great media coverage and creative leadership in bringing Bharathon to life.