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A pageant for a cause

“Charm Pageant” a beauty pageant, is being organised by the Indian Ladies Association (ILA) to raise funds for Sneha recreation centre, the organisers said. The pageant, a blend of humour, talent and character, will be held on 16 November 2018 at Convention centre, Crowne Plaza. The event also features a stand-up comedy artist from Mumbai, Anuradha Menon. She will be performing on the pageant finale on 16 November 2018 at Convention centre, Crowne Plaza from 6:30 pm onwards..

“Anuradha Menon is a standup comedienne who is known to tickle the funny bone with her jokes based on personal experiences is one of the first few women comediennes and VJ in India. She is well known for her popular character Lola Kutty. Moreover, this event comes as our aim to raise funds for Sneha, a free recreation centre run by ILA for differently abled children. We request people to come and support for this noble cause,” President of ILA, Thanuja Anil told Tribune. The charm Pageant is open to all nationalities and gender who are 21 years of age and a bove. “The Pageant consists of rounds where participants are judged for their overall charming personality, with their ability to contribute towards worthy causes, where the participants will be judged on their talent and communication skills,” said the committee members.

“We are looking for charming, intelligent, empathetic individuals who care deeply about the world around him or her today. There will be selection round on November 3rd before the final round where the registrations close on 25 October 2018.” The ILA, Thanuja Anil said, is primarily a charitable body, with its roots well-entrenched in the community for the last 62 years. Proceeds from the event will be used for running Sneha Recreational Center and fulfilling the needs of the children. Every year ILA does a fundraising event for Sneha recreation centre, she said.

Sneha is a free centre run by ILA for Special Needs, where they provide to children with different disabilities like Down’s syndrome, autism, cerebral palsy, mental retardation and associated physical disabilities. Established in 1987, the centre aims to provide companionship for children with special needs and to teach them basic skills in order to make them self-reliant and be able to cope with their daily routines.