Walkathon for a social cause - The New Indian Express

Walkathon for a social cause

Published: 30th April 2012 10:58 PM

Last Updated: 16th May 2012 10:33 PM

CHENNAI: ‘Aalayam pathinayiram naattal anna yavinum punniam ore codi angoar ezhaikku ezhutharivitha’ (It’s a greater blessing  to educate a child than to  build a thousand temples), sang the veteran Tamil poet  Subrahmanya Bharati. Perhaps taking inspiration from this verse, an NGO by the name of Raindropss organised a Big Walkathon event to promote literacy and eradicate child labour.

The walkathon was flagged off by A R Reihana, sister of Oscar-winning composer A R Rahman, at  the Marina  Beach in Chennai on Sunday.

The Walkathon is the first leg of a campaign against child labour and will include a Tamil theme song  carrying  the  message, to be  sung  by  Reihana.

The song was composed by Niranjan Bharati, grandson of Subrahmanya Bharati, and is the brain child  of Aravind J, senior volunteer of Raindropss. Reihana will be accompanied in the number by playback singers Priya  Hemesh, Srinivas, Nikhil Mathew, Karthikeyan, Suchith Suresan, Saindhavi, V V Prasanna, Sakthi and Malavika. It will be aired on Big FM on May 12.

Keerthi, a Raindropss activist, said that the NGO conducted an eye  donation camp and a World Disability Day health campaign  during  the  previous  year. A ‘Wear  a  helmet’  campaign  is  on  the  anvil. “Education lights up a house and helps a generation and  hence I feel  proud to take part in this campaign. The state has a duty to ensure that everyone is literate,” said Reihana on a  positive note. RJ Ophelia of BIG FM felt that the literacy campaign could not reach the rural pockets of the state unless the government acted  in tandem with  NGOs and other private  associations.

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