TIRUNELVELI: A team of 100 determined youths, affiliated to the Palayamkottai–based ‘Kudisai Blood Donors’ Club’ have voluntarily embarked upon a 3-day march to create awareness among the public on social evils.
They are taking out this march from Palayamkottai to Sivagiri, the northern boundary of the district, via Ambasamudram and have planned to return to Tirunelveli through Sankarankovil to create awareness on Acquired Immuno Deficiency Syndrome, drug abuse, environment protection, blood donation etc.
The Head, Department of Orthopaedics, Tirunelveli Medical College, S. Ramaguru, also the founder of ‘Kudisai’, a social service organisation, is the person behind this venerable exercise and leading the awareness march, flagged off by former MLA, R. Krishnan on Friday from Lourdhunathan Statue at South Bazar in Palayamkottai.
A renowned orthopaedic surgeon, Dr. Ramaguru, who performed free surgeries to improve the living-conditions of 100 cerebral palsy children last year, said the rapid cultural changes, population explosion, unemployment, underemployment, sense of insecurity among the youths etc. had introduced drug abuse among the younger generation.
At the same time, lucrative jobs and invasion of alien culture had started smashing the social values, delicate bonds within the families.
“Ultimately, the younger generation is being exposed to various risks like AIDS, drugs, extremism etc. which need to be checked immediately. Toward this direction, we’ve taken the first step by creating awareness among the public on these dreaded issues knocking at every household. And our battle against these problems will continue without break,” assured Dr. Ramaguru.
Since this orthopaedic surgeon had seen several times the close relatives of the accident victims running from pillar to post with tears for rare blood groups, the young rallyists appeal to the healthy youths to donate blood thrice a year to save the lives in danger.
The rallyists, holding placards and banners and distributing pamphlets on these problems, have planned to convene a public meeting at Vaagaiyadi Corner in Tirunelveli Town on Sunday, in which the Vice-Chancellor of Manonmaniam Sundaranar University, R.T. Sabapathy Mohan, is expected to address.