A day of joy and cheer

The message of love and sharing was evident at the Ebenezer International School

December 15, 2009 02:30 pm | Updated 02:30 pm IST



The cold Sunday morning brought much warmth to thousands of people from the marginalised section of the city recently. These “most special ones” (according to Abraham Ebenezer, founder chairman of EISB) felt the warmth as they entered the sprawling eco-friendly campus of Ebenezer International School Bangalore.

For the tenth consecutive year, he has invited people from orphanages, old-age homes, institutions for the visually impaired, physically challenged, HIV affected and street children for over Christmas fellowship lunch. These invitees were treated with much love, care and sharing by the students of the school, which spread the meaning of Christmas. Over 4,000 people from 50 institutions attended the function. Students enthusiastically participated in the programme voluntarily and one could see them serving the invitees with a smile. A sumptuous meal with a variety entertainment by the staff, students and also some of the invitees present brought much cheer and joy.

Ramachandra Gowda, Minister for Medical Education, P.C. Mohan, Member of Parliament, were present and lauded the service-mindedness of the school students.

EISB had organised a voluntary blood donation camp on the same day. Justice H.G. Ramesh, Judge, High Court of Karnataka and Dr. Sharan Shivraj Patil, Chairman, Sparsh Hospital, inaugurated the camp. It was organised in association with Bangalore Medical Services Trust, Rotary Club, TTK and Rashtrotthana Blood Bank. Over 400 volunteers that included parents as well as staff donated blood. Chittibabu, a driver at the school and Ruthik, a PU student had motivated about 150 volunteers to donate blood.

“What touches me the most is to see their bright smiling faces, year after year and I miss some of the familiar faces, as they are no more with us,” remarked Mr. Ebenezer.

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