C.P Ramaswami Aiyar Foundation organised “Kindness Kids,” a programme to sensitise the younger generation about vegetarianism and teach them about the relationship between food and environment. The programme, sponsored by Winsome Constance Kindness Trust, Australia, was introduced in 2010. The programme has been extended to Ooty, Mysore, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Tirupathi.
At the valediction Dulichand Jain, Chairman, Karuna International, was the chief guest. P Sudhakar, Joint Director, C.P.R Environmental Education Centre, welcomed the gathering. Prashanth Krishna, CEO, C.P Ramaswami Aiyar Foundation, presented the report. The program was conducted in Chennai by R. Sindhu.
The programme was inaugurated on July 7, 2012, and during the course of the academic year, 2012-2013, 31 schools were covered. With parents’ approval, the students were requested to sign a pledge card, pledging to be kind to animals and become a vegetarian. Of 6,499 pledge cards given, 3,486 were signed and returned to the concerned officer.
The 3,486 students who signed the pledge cards were declared as “Kindness Kids” and were awarded with a badge. Based upon various activities, they go to the next levels which are Kindness Champ and Kindness Ambassador. .
Animal Welfare Mela, an event in which various competitions such as creative writing, painting and others were conducted. For 2012-2013, 13 ‘Kindness Champs’ and three ‘Kindness Ambassadors’ were identified. K. Harish VI -A from Sir Sivaswami Kalalaya Senior Secondary School got Kindness Kid Ambassador Award. The best school awards went jointly presented to The Grove School and to Dharam Hinduja High School.
The Best Teacher awards also jointly went to Shanmughavalli of The Grove School and Selvamathi of Dharam Hinduja High School.