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The fund has been used for various purposes like building classrooms

Making business: Visitors at the Metro Fair 2011 at Suguna Kalyana Mandapam in the city on Wednesday. — PHOTO: S.SIVA SARAVANAN
Making business: Visitors at the Metro Fair 2011 at Suguna Kalyana Mandapam in the city on Wednesday. — PHOTO: S.SIVA SARAVANAN

The Metro Fair, a fund-raising project of the Rotary Club of Coimbatore Metropolis over the last 23 years, at Suguna Kalyana Mandapam has a wide range of stalls selling vegetable choppers to home decoration products, electronic goods to educational CDs, photography to fitness kits, lawn tools to cars and a wide collection of textile and jewellery.

The fund had been used for various purposes like building classrooms and infrastructure in earthquake and tsunami affected areas, scholarship for students of class 10 to continue their education, free heart surgery for women and children in association with GKNM hospital and contribution to eye care through Sankara Eye Society. The total outlay of the various community service projects executed so far is Rs.4.23 crore.

President of Rotary Club of Coimbatore Metropolis S.S. Venkatesan said that this year's fund raised from the fair would be used for constructing a Primary Health Centre at Kadampadi, near Sulur, and for training parents of hearing impaired and speech impaired children for better communication with them. The approximate project estimate would be Rs. 8 lakh. Chairman of Rotary Club of Coimbatore Metropolis Hemant Shah said the fair is organised only during the Pongal holidays as the purchasing power of people was higher than during other festivals.

This year's total collection for the club from the 70 stalls was around Rs. 12 lakh.

The fair has stalls from all over the country.

There are handloom bedsheets, pillow covers and cushions with rich folk art forms of Gujarat and heavy kundan jewellery from Rajasthan. For the rarer varieties, there is a stall selling the Himalayan natural stone jewellery, the Tibetan healing stick and the meditation singing bowl known for its long sustenance of sound. The handmade wrist watches from Jaipur are sure to interest the women folk for their varied design and shape. The Art U stall personalises art from your photo. And, there are food stalls offering Chinese and Indian cuisine. Tea lovers will be interested in an assortment of flavours available.

Many of the stalls have been put up for the fifth year in a row mainly due to the good business they have been able to make.

The stall owners are expecting a larger crowd and even better sales during the weekend.

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