V Excel special school, which usually takes the trainees of its Vocational Training Unit out on a learning experience on the last Monday of every month to places such as Vandalur Zoo, decided on a new location for the month of October, that turned out to be real treat to the trainees.
A lot of excitement and anticipation was evident in the group which comprised 15 young special adults and six staff members as they set out on October 25 to spend the day at the Express Avenue Mall.
Says Usha Rajagopal of V Excel: “As we reached the venue at Express Avenue, we experienced our first taste of humaneness. Prashanth (Head of Corporate bulk bookings) and his colleague Hemanthi (Operations Dept) of Sathyam Theatres & Escape respectively took special efforts to make available tickets to the group, not only with a comfortable seating but also with concern to make sure the group was not split. All we had done when we reserved the tickets was to mention that we had a group of special persons and they were treated as exactly that way. On reaching the venue, we were received with smiles and a welcome just short of a red carpet. Bhaskar (Security in-charge) and his staff of EA accompanied and guided us into the lifts with the utmost concern, gave us priority while seating, ensured that each and every trainee and teacher was comfortably settled.
“Our next experience came when we went in for lunch to the Sangeetha Restaurant located within the Express Avenue. Here too, the manager, Sivakumar, went out of his way to ensure that we had exclusive seating arrangements when he was told it was a group with special persons. To add to the very pleasant service was an additional bonus of concession in the billing,” she adds.
“The children enjoyed the movie and bonded well with each other. For the teachers, it was this experience that served to reinforce the fact that ‘Yes, Happiness comes easily when we reach out'. In today's world, few have the concern and empathy for those around them. But unexpectedly, when you come across such good Samaritans, your faith in humanity is rejuvenated. Empathy and supportive actions are rare gifts and should never go unmentioned or thanked, so we decided to share this experience with all and restore hope where it has been lost,” Mrs. Usha says.
V-Excel Center for Research & Rehabilitation, (a unit of V-Excel in association with Esvi Sarada Foundation), is at No: 50, Sreyes, M.G. Road, Shastri Nagar, Adyar. Phone 2452 1986, 2452 2061, 98404 43415.