Ladies Circle India branch opened

Staff Reporter

CHENNAI: Alka Poddar, president of Ladies Circle India, inaugurated the 100th circle in the country and the eighth in the city here on Friday.

The organisation of young women between the ages of 18 and 40 has the motto `friendship and service'.

"It aims to both provide fellowship among its members and enable them to give back to the community," she said.

`Educate to Enlighten' is an ongoing project of the organisation with activities to support and sponsor education of children.

The circle's activities include setting up kitchens, providing infrastructure for schools, organising medical camps and giving demonstrations on everyday hygiene.

Destitute women and the tsunami-affected are others whom the circles support.

The Basant Utsav was organised jointly by the Ladies Circle 4 in Chennai and Banyan, an institution for mentally challenged women.

Collaborative efforts

Ms. Poddar said that they were now planning to collaborate with Banyan as Ladies Circle India and raise more funds for both organisations.

Ladies Circle also runs a website called negativegroups.org that helps doctors and hospitals locate donors for negative blood groups.