21 girls treated to cakes, cultural programmes by school students
CHENNAI: The beneficiaries of `Paadhai', a non-governmental organisation, celebrated their birthday at the Government Adi Dravida Welfare Middle School, Valasarawakkam, on Sunday evening.
21 girls were treated to a cake with their names written in icing, cultural programmes from the Adi Dravida school students and the Tata Consultancy Services Corporate Social Responsibility team and words of advice from visitors and patrons.
Friends of `Paadhai' residents and students of the Adi Dravida school erupted in jubilation and burst every balloon in sight when the group collectively cut the cake. Actor `Jayam' Ravi's mother, Varalakshmi Mohan, received an enthusiastic ovation.
Kannagi Pakiyanathan, additional secretary, Handlooms, Government of Tamil Nadu, told the children that honesty and sincerity was best route to success. Geetha Ramamurthy, correspondent, Rajiv School of Excellence, Alapakkam, and Dr. Vijaya, Zonal Medical Consulatant, Saidapet, felicitated the children.
`Paadhai', a shelter for girls providing food, shelter and education to orphans, runaways and children abandoned by their parents, marked its fourth anniversary this month. Since most the children do not know their birthdays, the date of inception of the home has been substituted instead, said secretary A. Amal.