Seldom seen without a smile notwithstanding the difficulties she is forced to put up with almost round-the-clock, Arul Mary, a special teacher at a facility for differently abled children here, has for the past few days been in the limelight.
The reason: The Inner Wheel Club of Ketti Valley recently honoured her with its 2012 Woman of the Year award in recognition of the services being rendered by her to the inmates of the Rotary Ashia Differently Abled Rehabilitation Centre (earlier known as the Home for Mentally Challenged Children) located off the Ottley Road here.
Equipped with a Diploma in Special Education, Arul Mary, a native of Karur worked for four years in a home for mentally retarded children adopted by the Lions Club of Karur before moving to the Nilgiris. She joined the Home for Mentally Challenged Children in 2002. Since then she has been taking care of the inmates like her own family members.
Pointing out that like a mother, Arul Mary tends to the needs of the inmates, President of the Club Nirupa Kiran told The Hindu that the members had been observing her and the work she was doing for the past about six years. “We are unable to recall even a single instance of helplessness or exasperation involving her.”
The award is to acknowledge the services she has been rendering to the special children and encourage her to keep going.
Club Secretary Suguna Mohanraj said that the members keep track of women whose contribution to the society stands out. They were honoured on suitable occasions.
Pointing out that various programmes marked the Club's International Women's Day celebrations this year, she said that the highlight was the award given to Ms. Mary.