Mangaluru, Dec 2, 2017: Yes, it was a Unique Christmas Celebration with Unique “Human Beings” called Transgenders by Parivarthan Charitable Trust (PCT) for the first time in the History of Mangaluru, with an aim to show that the Transgenders too are not neglected, and also to show that they have someone who really cares for them, was held on December 2, 2017 at the Roshni Nilaya School of Social.
The celebration was inaugurated by chief guest MLA JR Lobo by lighting the traditional lamp along with guests of honor Dr Jacintha D’Souza- Former Principal of Roshini Nilaya; Asha Nayak- Trustee of PCT; William D’Souza- MD of Globe Travels; Violet Pereira Founder of PCT; and Azmeera Shahzeen- Students Co-ordinator of Roshni Nilaya School of Social Work-Mangaluru. A cake was also cut during the occasion to mark the First Christmas with the Transgenders by all the dignitaries on the dais along with a bevy of transgenders. In his inaugural address, MLA JR Lobo said, “I compliment PCT for coming up with this unique Christmas celebration with the Transgenders. We should know that Christmas is a feast of everyone irrespective of caste or creed, and it is celebrated all over the globe, bringing joy and peace during the blessed season. And also during this Christmas time, we should donate part of our wealth to the needy and less-fortunate, thereby making a difference in their lives”.
“It is a good initiative started by Violet Pereira in forming this Trust, which caters to the needs of the Transgenders and also trying to bring them to the mainstream in the society. As human beings we should not discriminate the Transgenders because they too are human beings just like us- so we should try to include them in our society and make a difference in their lives. In case the Trust needs any help from my side or from the government, I am ready to oblige, and I will do my best to support this Trust so that it can grow and reach to greater heights and also benefit the Transgender community”.
Also addressing the audience Dr Jacintha D’souza said, ” I am glad to see that two alumni of Roshni Nilaya are on the dais- namely Violet Pereira and Asha Nayak. I am very much touched by the respect that the Transgenders are giving to Violet by calling her as “Amma” (mother). Christmas is a time of sharing and giving, so we should all try to give some of our wealth to those who are need during this holiday season and bring joy in their lives. Certainly Christmas is a time of giving and sharing with those around us, but that sharing is not limited to those that we love and care for. It is also for the person that we have never met and will never see. Those that are not so fortunate in their lives as we are and that could use a helping hand. My compliments to PCT for thinking of the Transgenders and hosting this unique Christmas celebration “
Other dignitaries on the dais also spoke and encouraged the audience to support the transgenders and treat them equally like human beings. The special guest of the day was the arrival of Santa Claus, impersonated by Vincent Menezes of Kokkada near Puttur, who rode his Scooter into the auditorium and distributed sweets, and also later took selfies. Transgenders namely Sanjana, Srinidhi, and Chandrakala were felicitated on the occasion for their changes in their lives and their achievements. Violet Pereira was also felicitated by Deepak Ganguli -the Md of Pathway Enterprises, the organizers of Lagori Tournament; and was also felicitated by the students of BA, BSW and MSW of Roshni Nilaya. The celebration also included cultural programme by the Transgenders as well as the students of Roshni Nilaya.
Better late than never as they say, due to their busy schedule, even though they couldn’t make in time for the function, MLA Moideen Bava and Minister Ramanath Rai made a visit to the function and shared their thoughts with the transgenders, and also assured help from their side for the betterment of the Transgenders.
Briefing about the Parivarthan Charitable Trust, the Founder of the Trust Violet Pereira said, “Parivarthan Charitable Trust ever since its inception has always been struggling to bring the transgenders to the mainstream of the society. Most of them long to live a normal life and want to be treated equally without any discrimination, and many of them are literally requesting the society to provide them with jobs so that they could lead dignified lives like others. In this connection, the Trust humbly solicit the support from media friends and well wishers, so that together we can bring awareness among the general public about transgenders who are in no way different from us and provide them with jobs and other facilities from the government.”
Even though the Trust has made a difference in the lives of some of the Transgenders, who have made accomplishments and reached to a standard-like the secretary of Parivarthan Charitable Trust, Sanjana has been selected as the Brand Ambassador for the National-level Lagori Tournament -2018 which will be held during January 2018 at the Karavali Utsav Grounds- that’s good news for the Trust! Also, Treasurer of the Trust Srinidhi and member Chandrakala have completed their tailoring courses successfully at the Karnataka Polytechnic which is also a pride moment for Parivarthan Charitable Trust.” added Ms Pereira.
Sanjana with her dance performance stole the show, and received loud applaud from the audience. Even the dance performances by other transgenders also enthralled the audience, proving that they too can entertain like others?