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We started our journey with the slogan, Together we can. Twenty three years later as we sat to discuss and debate our future preparations, one cannot hide the nostalgic feeling on everyone’s faces. After all, me, Santanu, Tunka, Joyprakash, Tanmoy, to name a few have all traveled through time, braved adverse condition and kept our spirits high to keep our commitment to the society. We started with the slogan yes, we can. Today, I can proudly say, Yes we did. Our close school friend died of drug addiction. He became an addict right after passing out from school and ultimately succumbed. The incident shook us and we declared a war against drugs. As we went down the memory lane, we remembered those days were hard and tough. We spent our pocket money, traveled in buses and taxis to organise anti drug awareness programmes in schools, colleges, slums, medical camps in backward areas. We are fortunate to have had several eminent doctors of Kolkata and even abroad attend medical camps. We are extremely happy to share with our well wishers that the world’s biggest body against drug, WFAD, have incorporated Impact, in the international body. It’s a great achievement and acknowledgement of our hard work and dedicated war against drugs. WFAD, is affiliated with the United Nation. We say with pride that Impact has been able to spread wings internationally in few European and South Asian countries. If we started our journey with war against drugs, we were also determined to stop incidents of fire during our favourite durga puja festival in Kolkata. We lacked resources, but with grit and determination we took upon the herculean task of generating awareness among puja organisers about the need to adopt fire safety norms. we started from a scratch and I am proud to share that Impact Sharad Ananda has completed 23 years and there has not been a single incident of fire during durga puja over the last few years. Dignitaries from all over the world, diplomats, ambassadors, politicians and ministers from foreign countries have blessed us with their visit to our programme. Despite acute fund crisis, Impact Sharad Ananda 2019, has crossed major milestones. The four winning puja committees are going to China as a part of international cultural delegation, with the Consulate General of China sponsoring the trip. I also wish to put in a word about our fantastic team of volunteers and members. They were outstanding to say the least and left nothing to chance .