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WAY TO WIN: Badminton player Jwala Gutta distributes books to schoolchildren in Hyderabad on Monday. PHOTO: K. RAMESH BABU
WAY TO WIN: Badminton player Jwala Gutta distributes books to schoolchildren in Hyderabad on Monday. PHOTO: K. RAMESH BABU

V.V. Subrahmanyam

Needy children get books, stationery at a function organised by Big 92.7 FM

HYDERABAD: Badminton champ Gutta Jwala had a smashing time in the company of enthusiastic schoolchildren, some of them underprivileged, at a function here. The occasion was donation of old books to students, (from sixth to 10th standard) organised by Big 92.7 FM on Monday at the Press Club. "These books may be old but the fact that they pass onto the new hands is significant," she reminded.

Quick to touch the emotional chords of the youngsters, Jwala reminded them that nothing could be compared to school days. "Through such programmes, at least a section of the needy students can get text books," she said. "It's special feeling to be associated with a programme involving schoolchildren. I appeal to all to participate in these kind of programmes," said Jwala, the five-times national doubles badminton champion.

This initiative will be a two-month long programme right through this summer with the first beneficiaries being physically challenged students of the Shekinah Foundation for the Disabled.

J. Prasad, who donated stationery for 100 students, said it was a rare opportunity to do something for needy children.

Ashwin Padmanabhan, Station Head of Big 92.7 FM, explained that the "big book drive" was an example of his organisation's commitment to help the under-privileged have access to the best education.

To create massive awareness in the twin cities, special shows `Big Booth' will be conducted in residential apartments and public places to collect as many books as possible by July.


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