TAMIL NADU

Children take right steps for betterment of the poor

Classic example: Children performing at the fundraiser programme in the city on Saturday.

Classic example: Children performing at the fundraiser programme in the city on Saturday.   | Photo Credit: — Photo: G. Moorthy

Raise funds for kidney treatment of the poor

MADURAI: Attired in bright-coloured traditional dress, the children had a mission in hand — to raise funds for the organisation that had been helping the underprivileged suffering from kidney ailments.

A spectacular classical dance performance by Om Prasannalaya Dance and Music Academy exerted a pull on the audience. The fundraiser was organised to help the Tamilnad Kidney Research (TANKER) Foundation. Even those who had limited knowledge about the aesthetics of Bharathanatiyam enjoyed the performance. The sense of purpose with which the academy students staged their performance was well appreciated at the function.

TANKER was started by like-minded people in 1993 as a non-profit registered charitable trust in Chennai. “Initially, the trust was providing financial assistance to the poor and needy suffering from kidney ailments. Later, when we came to know that many leave it to destiny as they could not afford the cost of dialysis, we established dialysis units in Chennai and now expanded the facility to Madurai,” said the foundation’s Managing Trustee, Latha Kumaraswami.

Surya’s idea

“It was actor Surya, our brand ambassador, who suggested setting up of similar units in places such as Madurai and Coimbatore,” she said.

Apart from subsidised dialysis, the foundation also does free dialysis for deserving patients. Keeping in view the expansion plans, the Madurai unit, functioning at NS Hospital in Palanganatham, is being shifted to an exclusive place provided at TVS Hospital, rent free for running the subsidised dialysis unit.

“At present there are five dialysis machines in the Madurai unit where we do 230 dialysis a month out of which 50 are done free. After shifting to the new premises, we are planning to install two more machines to cater better to kidney patients in and around Madurai,” said Ms. Latha. The foundation is also planning to set up units in Coimbatore and Tirunelveli. A documentary on TANKER Foundation in CD format was also released.

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