CHENNAI: As part of Rotary Club’s Literacy Month celebrations, students of Sevalaya’s Mahakavi Bharathiyar Higher Secondary School performed classical dance and a street play on the importance of education.
Parallel to the celebrations, a dental camp was inaugurated by Rotarians for schoolchildren. The camp was conducted by the doctors and technicians of Priyadarshini Dental College and Hospital.
Sevalaya, which was started with just five children, adheres to the ideologies and teachings of Swami Vivekananda, Mahatma Gandhi and Bharathiyar. Today, it caters to the needs of over 1,900 children by providing free education, uniform, notebooks and stationeries.
Commando Baskar, chairman, Tiruvallur Municipality; Rtn B Ram Gopal, assistant governor, Rotary Club, Rtn Girija Raghavan, president, Rotary Club of Chennai – KK Nagar, Rtn Gold Gopal, president, Rotary Club of Tiruvallur, were present on the occasion.
During his speech, Commando Baskar said that the children of Sevalaya had a wonderful place to expose their talent and that they needed to use this opportunity and come up in life.
Journalist Rtn Girija Baskar, said that serving children by providing them education was the most important need of the community today.
Thousand children of Sevalaya will be sponsored for their education by the Rotary Club through the project Light a Child, with the help of Rotary Club of Clarance, Buffalo, United States of America. Notebooks, toys and medicines for elders were distributed at the event. A Rotary Club for the school students was also inaugurated by selecting the president and vice-president among the student Rotary members.
V Muralidharan, founder and managing trustee, Sevalaya, welcomed the guests and M Amarchand Jain from the advisory committee, proposed the vote of thanks.