Shera, the mascot of the Commonwealth Games-2010, was the centre of attraction at a public event to hail Christmas at the St. Mary's Orthodox Church in Delhi. Amidst the ambience of fun, cheer and happiness, Shera spread the message of amity, joy and belonging in the true spirit of the Commonwealth Games and called upon everyone to come forth and become an integral part of the games.
Shera ushered in a lot of cheer to those gathered at the church located in south Delhi's Hauz Khas area and lit up the faces of all children present on the occasion apart from freely mingling with one and all. Children were delighted to get goody bags containing gifts and candies from Shera. He sang and danced, wishing everyone 'Merry Christmas'.
In response, all those present, including Kiran Walia, Delhi's Health Minister, applauded Shera, who was the surprise guest of the day.
"When Shera steps ahead, it implies there will be a change for better in health facilities, our civic problems...our roads will be better, our flyovers will be better and we'll live happily together. Commonwealth Games has been successful only in those places where everybody had worked together with a team spirit," Walia added.
The Commonwealth Games 2010 in New Delhi will be India's first major international sports event after the 1982 Asian Games.
Delhi bagged the Commonwealth Games after beating the Canadian city Hamilton in the bid for rights to host the games to be held between October 3 and 14 next year.