CHENNAI: People should strive towards the uplift of the poor and underprivileged. India has a galaxy of social reformers, saints and sages who laid a strong foundation for a country filled with moral, spiritual and human values, said Governor K Rosaiah at the third anniversary celebrations of Ungalkaaga Trust, an NGO working to help the socially disadvantaged.
“One could see an increase in the number of voluntary and social service organisations, and charitable trusts. It is nice to see them coming forward to give a helping hand to those in distress, to the poor and needy,” he said, while wishing the Trust on its mission ahead.
Two Class 12 toppers from government and aided schools — S Gayathri, a student of Ahobila mutt School, West Mambalam, who scored 1,190 (State 3rd Rank), and D Angel, a student of Government Higher Secondary School, Ashok Nagar, who scored 1,172 marks — received gold medals from the Governor.
He also distributed a Bilateral Above Knee Orthosis with Ethaflex Padding (a support brace) for a cerebral palsy-affected patient and a tri-scooter to a physically-challenged couple on behalf of the Trust.
A video showing the development of the Trust since its inception, and the contribution of Dr Suneel, a physiotherapist and founder of the Trust, was screened at the event. Suneel has organised various service projects, like providing education to 29 students, who are currently pursuing medicine, engineering, management and other professional courses.
He has performed 216 surgeries for patients from Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh, who were affected by various health problems, and has organised blood donation camps over the last three years through the Ungalkaaga Trust.
Felicitation was given by Subba Reddy, chairman , Pallava Group. Actor Vivekh delivered the special address. S U Arunachalam, IPS, CBI, Joint Director South India and G M Akbar Ali, Judge, High Court of Madras, also appreciated the philanthropic pursuits of the Trust and Dr Suneel.