Gulf Foster a Child Car Drive spreads a thousand smiles amongst orphans and underprivileged children!


Gulf Oil Corporation’s eighth ‘Gulf Foster a Child Car Drive’ was held on the 31st of January, 2010. The event was flagged off by Mumbai Police Commissioner, Mr. Shivanandan from the starting point which was at the Police Ground, Worli and it ended at the Acres club in Chembur. It was at the Acres club where ‘Teen Patti’ debutant stars – Dhruv Ganesh, Shraddha Kapoor, Siddhartha Kher and Vaibhav Talwar shared some valuable time of their lives with the underprivileged children and orphans. They also announced the winners of the drive.

‘Gulf Foster a Child Car Drive’ has given the lucky winners a chance to meet the stars of the movie ‘Teen Patti’ which also includes the Big ‘B’ Amitabh Bachchan, Geeta Castelino, Alpa Patel, Arun Sawant and Gilchrist Gonsalves.

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In this initiative taken by Gulf Oil Corporation Ltd, the corporate world has been given an example of its social responsibilities. This year’s drive also witnessed the participation of a few well known persons from the corporate as well as business worlds. However, the event organized by Sportscraft with the help of Federation of Motor Sports Clubs of India could allow only 50 participants which were determined on the first-come first-serve basis.

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The drive was indeed a unique or one-of-a-kind drive where the minimum requirement for a person to take part in the event was a valid driving license. Each car’s crew consisted of a driver, navigator and minimum one child along with one orphan / underprivileged child. The drive took place with the presence of 50 orphans from Our Lady’s Home, Parel, and St. Anthony’s Home, Byculla. Since a long time, Gulf Oil Corporation Ltd. has been supporting these institutions by helping them in terms of Gifts and various other means.

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Director of Our Lady’s Home, Father Rui Camelo stated, “This event helps to widen the horizons of the children, some of whom have never traveled in a car. They get to experience different things and interact with people from different walks of life and overall come back happy with the experience.” He also mentioned that this drive could be a completely different experience for the underprivileged children and orphans. “The endeavor of this ‘Foster a Child’ Car drive is to bring hope and joy in the lives of these under-privileged children and make them feel special for this one day. We at Gulf Oil hope that through this small effort we would be able to make more people conscious of the plight of these children and work towards establishing a better future for them,” added Mr. Ravi Chawla, President, Gulf Lubes Business, India.

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                                                              FINAL RESULTS
                                                          OVERALL WINNERS
1ST TROPHY + GIFT HAMPER 13 Geeta Castelino Alpa Patel Ajay Arun Sawant Gilchrist Gonsalves
2ND TROPHY + GIFT HAMPER 3 Deepa Damodaran Ahila Likhite Premila Damodaran Elizabeth Banu
3RD TROPHY + GIFT HAMPER 22 Suraj Deshmukh Samir Malwade Amit Jha Daniel Fernando
4TH TROPHY + GIFT HAMPER 29 Bimal Bhatia Dr. Jay Mehta Kanishk Bhatia Sylvester Selvanathan
5TH TROPHY + GIFT HAMPER 37 Sachin Ghanekar Deepali Ghanekar Sheetal Andhare Carol Martin
                                                          ALL LADIES TEAM
1ST TROPHY + GIFT HAMPER 3 Deepa Damodaran Ahila Likhite Premila Damodaran Elizabeth Banu
2ND TROPHY + GIFT HAMPER 35 Mrunal Tanna Binita Tanna Vinita Tanna Manisha Kharat
3RD TROPHY + GIFT HAMPER 40 Manisha Sanghavi   Dipti Shah Reshma Pranita Valbohjki
                                                          BEST DECORATED CAR
1ST TROPHY + GIFT HAMPER Ruhanghiz Sethna Freddy P. Elavia Zeenia Mehta Allwyn George


  1. Hi All,

    I bought a Mahindra Duro in October 2009.

    I have run 9000 kms. My verdict is….

    Good features

    1. Fuel Tank 6 lts

    2. Space below seat

    3. Leg Space

    4. Front Boot space

    5. Pickup

    Bad Features

    1. Just loves speed breakers. Does not leave any speed breaker untouched

    2. Parts quality very bad. Seat has already taken bucket shape. Center stand vibrates causing lot of vibrating noice.

    3. Breaks need very frequent re-fit

    4. Service quality is pathetic and worst

    5. Mileage has never crossed 40 even after service center claiming to have tuned it

    6. Faulty fuel guage reading

    7. The acclerator handle comes off the scooter

    8. I am now experiencing drop in pickup and speed i.e. response to acceleration

    9. After 40 kms speed the scooter gives a strange engine noice of woowing

    10. I am also experiencing wobling, to which service center says fork is loose. I wonder if they have fixed it.

    At current levels of service, please dont buy one. If your service center is Mahaveer Mortors in Bangalore, never ever buy it.


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