Staff Reporter

CHENNAI: An ordinary parotta seller in Madurai, who aspired to be an IAS officer, G. Veerapandyan was able to fulfil his dream, thanks to the help he received from Sri Sivakumar Educational and Charitable Trust founded by actor Sivakumar in 1979.

The officer was among the several students who were honoured as part of the 30th anniversary celebrations of the Trust here on Saturday.

“The best way to reciprocate this help is by ensuring that the money awarded to us does not go waste,” he told the students who had received financial assistance form the Trust for their education this year. The officer had got the 53rd rank in the IAS examination.

About 30 students who had studied with support from the Trust were awarded a cash prize of Rs. 10, 000 each for their good performance in the twelfth board examinations. The awardees included students with visual impairment who thanked the Trust profusely for helping them to study and achieve higher goals in life.

Recalling his journey, actor Sivakumar said that the Trust had expanded its activities to reach out to underprivileged children in remote villages of the State. Under the name of Agaram Foundation, the organisation had inducted several volunteers to reach out to such needy children. It has also launched a series of advertisement campaigns to improve public awareness on the importance of education.

Actor Suriya, son of Sivakumar, gave away the awards to the deserving students and promised to continue giving financial support to this organisation so that all children could have access to education. He said that the Trust had tied-up with Isha Vidya School to educate 50 children of poor fishermen this year.