At Vidya Mandir, Mylapore, vocalist Rithvik Raja, an alumni, is leading the relief efforts along with 25 other alumni members. They are collecting and distributing clothes, medicines, milk powder, sanitary napkins, drinking water, blankets, bleaching powder and ready-to-eat items like bread and biscuits.
“Since today morning, several people have collected relief material for the residents of Slaterpuram, PNK Garden, Ramakrishnapuram and Appadurai Thottam in the Mylapore area. A relief team also came over from Choolaimedu”, says a volunteer at the school.
The gates will be open for contributions at 10.30 a.m. tomorrow (Dec 7).
When the alumni of Savithri Ammal Oriental School, Mylapore found out that the residents of Ganeshpuram were housed at their school, they couldn’t keep quiet. About 20 members of the whatsapp group formed by past students gathered as much food, clothes, diapers and other essentials as they could and went over to distribute it to the families there on Friday, Dec 4.
S. Bhaskarvel, a member says, “About 195 families at Ganeshpuram, Mylapore were severely affected by the floods. Water had entered their homes and had washed everything away. We managed to collect and distribute about 400 food and 1500 biscuit packets, water, dresses for children, blankets and other items to them”.
On Saturday evening, the water had receded and the residents started returing home but they still couldn’t cook food. An SOS was sent to Bhaskarvel and the members of the alumni association and their families went back to work. “We went to a couple of places in Mylapore and T. Nagar to find out if anybody had cooked food. Later, we found out that volunteers are cooking food at Karpagambal Kalyana Mandapam, opposite Sai Baba Temple, Mylapore. We collected about 350 packets of food from there and delivered it to the residents”, says Bhaskarvel.
Those willing to donate to this cause can contact him at 9840686004.