CHENNAI: To do their bit for the relief of the Nepal quake victims, the ladies wing of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), FLO Chennai Chapter, have collected around Rs 3 lakh to send for relief works.
“We hope to not stop with this but go ahead with actually building something at the place,” said Dr Vijaya Bharathi Rangarajan, president, FLO Chennai Chapter. The collection was done in the last few days, through contributions from members generating a total of Rs 3,12,000.
The cheque was handed over by Dr Vijaya Bharathi to Surekha Kothari, the former president of FICCI Surekha Kothari, along with relief material worth Rs 50,000.
To make people aware of the cause and of the effects of the quake, the group had got together two boys from Chennai, who had experienced the quake to share their experiences, and D K Hari, founder of Bharat Gyan, to speak of earthquakes and the Himalayas. While Hari outlined references to earthquake in the ancient Indian writing, the duo from Chennai spoke of the panic and devastation they witnessed in the country.
“We woke up with a rude shock; the windows were crashing and we were thrown out of the bed,” recollected Amar Jacob, one of the boys on the tour who was there to speak along with R Abraham, a musician. Moving out of the place, they walked to a different area past buildings crashing before reaching the hotel where they stayed a few days.
The one good thing, he says, is that they all somehow managed to stay calm and this is what took them through.
“It is very difficult to tell someone what to do in such a situation because we cannot predict how we’d react, but I would advise people to try and not panic and see what to do best. For instance, we saw Indian families in much greater panic than us so we waited for them to take the first rescue flights and we took the one after a few days,” he added
The money will reach Nepal through the FICCI office in Nepal.