In the calendar showcasing art work of students, it described Prabhavathy as the ‘nightingale of MITHRA' below her drawing. On Monday, at the anniversary celebrations, the Class X student with muscular dystrophy showed her prowess in singing with a welcome song — a role she has been doing year after year.
The 33rd anniversary celebration of MITHRA (Madras Institute to Habilitate Retarded Afflicted) was an occasion for students to exhibit their latent skills.
Chief guest and Australian Trade Commissioner and Consul-General, South India, Aminur Rahman said its founder Sr. Mary Theodore had changed the lives of many individuals by setting up the Institute.
Mr. Rahman offered to help organise a charity ball as well as auction the paintings done by the children. “I will get more friends for MITHRA and draw more support,” he said.
The annual report presented by Sr. Mary Theodore, founder Secretary/Administrator, said there were plans to construct a swimming pool for the special children, build an old age home and an auditorium to conduct workshops and seminars.
MITHRA's occupational therapy department treats children with cerebral palsy, autism, Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder, Down's Syndrome, Attention Deficit Disorder and slow learners.
Fr. Michael Raj, Treasurer and Managing Committee, MITHRA, said the Institute had grown conquering various challenges. Students put their best foot forward exhibiting their talents in dances and songs. A skit ‘Good Samaritan' was also enacted.