CRP has stepped into its 40th year of serving the persons with disabilities in December 2019. To mark the forty years of this incredible organisation a new motto and logo has been launched – proudly proclaiming “I AM CRP”.
Three whole days (6th, 7th and 11th December 2019) of celebrations marked the amazing personal and professional dedication and achievements of so many people who’ve served this wonderful organisation and enabled it to grow and share its valuable work around Bangladesh.
Day one, 6th December 2019 was to honour and thank all 1,200 current staff with the presence of all trustee members of Trust for the Rehabilitation of the Paralysed (TRP). The organization’s established core values were reaffirmed – with all serving members of staff receiving a special pocket book and photograph to acknowledge their hard work, loyalty and commitment. A sporting event included a wheelchair basketball match – when a team with disabilities challenged able-bodied players to play in wheelchairs!
Entertainment was provided by the actress Nawshaba who performed a puppet show entitled ‘Mukti Aloy Aloy – I am the light’ with the participation of CRP’s Puppeteers with disabilities and also a drama written, directed and staged by CRP staff on the topic of ‘Waning core values’.
Day two, 7th December 2019, was to highlight the support of volunteers, former patients, staff, students and current students. The Education Minister Dr. Dipu Moni joined as the Chief Guest. The cultural program sponsored by Robi was a real entertainment for the attendees with the performances by guest singers from Dhaka, Bappa Muzumder and S.I. Tutul.
Day three, 11th December, 2019, was to acknowledge the essential and much appreciated contributions by donors. Guests were welcomed with a cultural programme by the children of William and Marie Taylor School. Formal commemorations marked the anniversary with dignitaries and special guests including The Bangladesh Prime Minister’s International Affairs Adviser Professor Doctor Gowher Rizvi, Director General of NGO International Affairs Bureau K.M. Abdus Salam, High Commissioner of the UK H.E. Mr. Robert Chatterton Dickson, High Commissioner of Canada H.E. M. Benoit Prefontaine, and Director General of NGO Affairs Bureau.
In the afternoon, a renowned Folk Singer, Momtaz Begum, MP entertained the patients, staff and guests with her wonderful performance.