Thursday, 13 February 2020

50th Anniversary Celebrations

Udayan celebrated its 50th Anniversary with gusto on 26th January with many dignitaries, donors, members and friends joining in for a wonderful day of celebration!

Australian cricket legend, Steve Waugh was present to help bring in the occasion and addressed children and guests - recognising the incredible feat of having educated and empowered children affected by leprosy for half a century!

To celebrate the milestone, over 150 people attended an event at Udayan, which saw the inauguration of a statue in memory of the late founder, Father James Stevens; a tree plantation by VIP guests; a historical photographic exhibition; and cultural program by Udayan children.  

A new family centre was also unveiled as a tribute to Lallita Stevens who has now moved to the UK to be with her son Ashwini.  The lalita Stevens Family Centre will provide an undercover, seated area for families of our children to congregate on visits to Udayan.

Udayan was decked out in style with many buildings receiving a facelift and paint job prior to the event. Even staff donned a new uniform for the occasion ...

Children put on a grand performance of singing, dancing, playing instruments, displaying karate techniques and perfoming the Udayan School Song!

We are proud of our long history and legacy here at Udayan, and look forward another 50 years transforming the lives of leprosy affected children.” She said.

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