Family fun factor in school events

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Car rallies might be popular. They are conducted all year round but they normally follow the time-speed-distance format, which is usually for car-rally enthusiasts and is not necessarily good as a family event.

Well, leave it to Lady Andal School to give things a twist and make car rallying relate to everyone while conjuring it up as a fun-filled fund raiser for the whole family.

Sharing thoughts on the event was Prasanna Masillamanie, president of the moms club at Lady Andal, “For six years now we have been successfully conducting a Car Rally plus Treasure Hunt.

Instead of the usual rally format, we re-acquainted participants with our beloved Chennai and its modern and classic landmarks, as well as providing space for the entire family to have fun.”

She adds, “The format is standard; a kit bag of refreshments and a clue book with riddles that adds to the experience.

Identifying a particular landmark and solving these clues sequentially gives one the route, with items to be collected along the way.” “The theme is different every year, and this year it was Hawaiian.

An interesting fact about the club at Lady Andal is it's an integrated unit of parents who put together fundraising and community building events independently, with the support of the school, which in turn helps build a stronger bond between the parent, teacher and student community.

There were some memorable cars at this year's event, “It was really nice to see them having taken the effort to dress themselves and their cars.

One car came complete with a seaside theme in vinyl stuck all over the car. Another participant came with a massive crocodile atop the car - not at all Hawaiian, but impressive.”

So what's next on their itinerary this year, “Dandiya Nite is the second of Lady Andal's big fundraisers. Again, open to outsiders, it's a family event of music, dance and festivities.

The dress code is always Indian or Indian fusion. Food, music and fun activities to share amongst the whole family are the highlights.”

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