Women in large numbers dressed in beautiful sarees and salwar kameezs made their way to the Gateway hotel to participate in a programme to raise money for the development of government schools in the city on Tuesday.

The programme, organised by the Vijayawada Ladies Circle, had a variety of events like tambola and table decoration. More than 200 ladies came to participate in the programme.

City ladies were greeted with a pink ribbon pinned to their dresses by the circle members to create awareness on breast cancer.

The ladies had a gala time while the circle members performed a special dance for them. The events started off at 2 p.m. with tambola and continued till 6 p.m. “It feels good to get a break from the monotonous daily routine,” said Suneetha Pidikiti, a homemaker. The fact that all the money generated will be used for a good cause by the circle members makes it even more enjoyable, she said.

The fund amount collected from this programme will be given in charity for development of various schools in the city which were adopted by the Circle.

The Circle members distributed scholarships worth Rs. 7,000 to a student of V.R.Siddhartha Engineering College, Rs. 6,000 to a tenth class student and Rs. 7,000 to the Sisu Bhavan in Krishna Lanka and Rs. 7,000 worth wet grinder to a poor woman.

“We will make sure that the people really deserve our charity before giving them,” said the Circle Chairperson V. Sri Lakshmi.

The lady to whom we gave the wet grinder is a widow, but she hasn’t lost heart and wants to set up a shop on her own, so we felt she deserved it, she said.

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