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CONSIDERATE: Collector T.N. Venkatesh celebrating Deepavali with the inmates of the home at Velliyanai in Karur district.
CONSIDERATE: Collector T.N. Venkatesh celebrating Deepavali with the inmates of the home at Velliyanai in Karur district.

Staff Reporter

To share delight of the festival of lights with less privileged

KARUR: A nice gesture on the part of District Collector T.N. Venkatesh saw the orphans, the aged and the differently-abled celebrate and enjoy the festive atmosphere of Deepavali here in Karur.

Mr. Venkatesh decided to share the delight of the festival of lights with the less privileged and the needy and chose the orphanage and old age home run by the Sri Raghavendra Charitable Trust here at Velliyanai in Karur district as the venue.

The Collector visited the home a couple of days back, interacted with the inmates on their needs and inspired them to enjoy the festive atmosphere. Even as the 12 boys and an equal number of girls as also the six elders at the home were pleasantly surprised at the gifts that Mr. Venkatesh brought them in the form new dresses, sweets the Collector himself was savouring and relishing every moment of his stay and interaction with his stunned hosts.

Mr. Venkatesh offered the children readymade dresses, sweets and crackers. He had a word of caution for the children _ to watch out while playing with crackers. The Collector also expressed his willingness to help them out in their times of need.

The Raghavendra Charitable Trust has been running the home for more than five years now at Velliyanai. Good Samaritans are offering liberal help to meet the daily requirements of the inmates. Some people also celebrate their cherished days such birthdays, wedding anniversaries, etc. by playing host to the inmates. In all, it turned out to be a memorable and unforgettable Deepavali for the home’s hosts and guest.

Trust Chairman Jayaraman, secretary Kathi Maheswaran and others were at hand to celebrate the festival with the inmates and the Collector.

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