Mail national heroes this Valentine's Day

Jan 31, 2014, 14:27 IST | Kartiki Nitin Lawate

This Valentine's Day, Puneites will send love to Indian soldiers manning our borders by being part of a greeting card campaign organised by the Lakshya Foundation

Here comes an opportunity for civilians to express their love, affection and gratitude to the Indian soldiers. Lakshya Foundation, which was formed in 2009 to bridge the gap between the armed forces and the civilians, has launched a campaign, titled Soldier — My Valentine, under which they will collect greeting cards from Pune residents and send the same to the soldiers.

The initiative, that aims at expressing love towards the soldiers, will accept cards with a maximum size of an A4 sheet. It could either be readymade or created by the senders. Apart from the message, the sender has to put his or her name and age on the card. Various schools and colleges are also contributing to this campaign in the form of greetings made by their students. The foundation will deliver these cards to the Indian soldiers serving on different borders across the country.

“This is a great opportunity for us to express our reverence to the guards of the nation and to salute them for the unmatched services they have been providing us, so that we live our future, our dreams. Our soldiers, serving on the border in life threatening terrain, far away from their families, really appreciate such gestures from civilians. The least we can do is to express our affinity towards them in the form of such greetings,” says Anuradha Prabhudesai, founder of the Lakshya Foundation, adding that the last day of collection is February 8.

Echoing a similar thought, Niteen Rajhans, a member the foundation quotes, “Soldiers feel happy when they receive any gift or greetings from civilians because majority of the time they are away from their families. So, getting such cards is really existing for them.”

The campaign will be concluded with a programme, Kargil Shouryagatha, which will be held in the city. It will witness a presentation on The Kargil War by Prabhudesai. Along with that, gallantry award-winning officer Lt Gen Dr DB Shekatkar (retd.) will grace the programme by his presence.

On February 11, 6.45 pm and 8.45 pm
At: Yashwantrao Chavan auditorium, Kothrud. Call 9819122736

Drop your cards here

Paud Road: Lakshya Foundation, near Kinara Hotel.
Kothrud: Dahanukar Colony, Katta Hotel.
Kothrud: Mayur Colony, Solaris Health Club.
FC Road: Venus Traders.
Bajirao Road: Swami Bags, near Shani Par.
Sinhgad Road: Swami Bags.
Navi Peth: Malhar Productions, LB Shastri Road.
Shaniwar/Narayan Peth: Samanvay Communications, behind Narayan Peth Police Chowkey.
MG Road: Paradkar and Co., opp UCO Bank.
Sachapir Street Camp: India Gift House, near Hanuman Temple.

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