LUMS: Special Olympics organised for differently-abled children

04:57 PM | 23 Feb, 2017
LUMS: Special Olympics organised for differently-abled children
“Pyaari ammi, darna nahi hai, aap ka bacha sab kuch karsakta hai” (Dear mum, don’t be afraid. Your child can do everything). This is the inspiring message LCSS is trying to spread through working with the special needs’ community in Lahore.

The annual Special Olympics at LUMS kicked off to a great start this past sunny morning. The event was brilliantly organised by LUMS Community Service Society.

The objective of this special day was to shine the spotlight on an integral but overlooked part of society - children with special needs. Kids from spent the day showcasing their extraordinary abilities. In total participated in Special Olympics 2017.

The day was full of a multitude of events, beginning with the Indoor Olympics which involved two categories: Young Athletes for the age group of 12-17 years and MATP (Motor Activity Training Program) for younger children. For MATP games were played one after another, including pole jump, football free kicks and jump in the hoop, followed by archery, bowling, zigzag walk, tunnel passing and finally table tennis. Every child was awarded a medal for performing to the best of their ability with a determined never-give-up attitude.

The Young Athletes participants played slightly more difficult games that required more mobility. They competed in baseball, basketball shots and table tennis tournaments. Meanwhile, outdoors football matches were being held between the schools in which the volunteering LUMS students also participated.

The activities on this day were meant not just to give special needs’ children the same opportunities that the average child gets, but to encourage greater interaction and integration between the special needs’ community and the rest of society - in this case, specifically, the LUMS community.

As each game came to an end, the participants and volunteers gathered underneath a breezy tent to await the announcement of the winners and award distribution. Majid Khan, former captain of the Pakistan cricket team was present as Chief Guest to hand out the awards.

After distributing the medals, he offered a few simple but moving words of encouragement and inspiration to the participants and volunteers present for being part of such a remarkable event.

The day ended on a high note with everyone present forming a spectacular Human Chain; all participants, teachers and volunteers entwined hands and spiralled into a circle before joining up in the middle to dance with what little energy they had left. With another Special Olympics event successfully completed, LCSS is working harder to provide further opportunities for the overlooked segments of our society, striving to remind us, members of Pakistani society, that our differences shouldn't divide us - they should bring us together.

Hamza Rao is a member of the staff at Daily Pakistan. He can be reached at He tweets at @HamzaRaoxxx


PKR exchange rate to US dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 21 Feb 2024

Pakistani currency remains stable against US dollar and other currencies in the open market on February 21, 2024 (Wednesday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.6 for buying and 282.4 for selling.

Euro comes down to 300 for buying and 303 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 350.5 for buying, and 354 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.15 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.35.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 21 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.6 282.4
Euro EUR 300 303
UK Pound Sterling GBP 350.5 354
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.15 76.9
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.35 75.1
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.32 751.32
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209
China Yuan CNY 38.89 39.29
Danish Krone DKK 40.38 40.78
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.74 36.09
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.10 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 902.41 911.41
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.6 59.2
New Zealand Dollar NZD 171.68 173.68
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.43 26.73
Omani Riyal OMR 725.96 733.96
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.76 77.46
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 26.53 26.83
Swiss Franc CHF 316.9 319.4
Thai Bhat THB 7.93 8.08


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