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Thursday, July 20, 2017

SYMA Educational Aid Function 2017 ~ an appeal for donations

Dear Friends, 

Good Morning wishes *** Today, it is focussed on SYMA ~ the Organisation that I have been writing about for many years now, being the Secretary.  It is all about about SYMA’s Educational Aid function held on 8th July 2017  and seeking your financial support for the same.  Please do read this – together we will change the way some students attend school.

July is a very important month for SYMA - our Educational Aid function, was held on 8th July 2017   at NKT National Girls High School.   We had extremely distinguished Chief Guests Mr TS Krishnamurthy and Dr K Sridhar. 

Shri. T. S. KrishnaMurthy,  would require no introduction having served as the Chief Election Commissioner overseeing the Lok Sabha elections in 2004.  He holds a bachelor’s degrees in economics from University of Mysore and in law from the University of Madras. He also holds a master’s degree in fiscal studies from the University of Bath, U.K.  Besides, CEC, he  served as the Chief Commissioner of Income Tax, Secretary to the Government of India - Department of Company Affairs, Additional Secretary – Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance.

Dr. K Sridhar has always been close to us ~ the person instrumental in making SYMA do medical service for over 27 years now.   Presently, he is Sr. Vice President - Medical & Director - Plastic Surgery.  Dr Sridhar, MBBS, MS, MCH, graduated from Kasturba medical College Manipal, pursued his masters in General Surgery from the same college. He worked for a year at VHS Adayar as an assistant surgeon following which he joined Mch in Plastic Surgery at Government Stanley medical College and Hospital. The renowned Plastic Surgeon has travelled widely delivering lectures in Seminars and has a great passion for helping poor and doing social service.  We are proud to be associated with him having him as our mentor.

Srinivas Youngmen's Association popularly (SYMA) has been rendering social service from 1977. We are registered with the Registrar of Societies. With care and concern for the society, we have been actively involved in social service doing multifarious activities which include – coordination with civic authorities in keeping the environ clean, conducting health campaigns – promoting health care and hygiene; organizing Eye Camps, Blood Camps and other camps. In our earnest effort to improve the competitive spirit and to instill confidence in school children, We have been conducting Child Fest every year in which more than 4000 students from around 100 city schools participate.

With a focus on sustainable service, we have two bigger continuing projects :

1) Medical Centre and Laboratory run for the poor wherein free consultation and medicines are provided – popularly known as ரெண்டு ரூவா மருத்துவமனை [Rs. 2 hospital !] This functions between 5 – 7 pm on all days except Sundays and National holidays. Consultation is free and medicines too – provided through regular medical shops with whom we have working arrangement. Around 40 – 50 people utilize this daily. We also have a Medical lab wherein blood and other tests are done at very nominal costs. The running of Medical Centre and Lab costs around Rs.25000/- per month.

2) SYMA Growth – a purposeful special tuition centre for coaching poor students of 10th and 12th standards.  Into its 10th year now, this was inaugurated in  2008 and producing good results year after year, changing the lives of poor children.   This year we have X Std English medium; X Tamil medium; + 2 Science Group and +2 Commerce Group.  Every year, we educate around 130 students selected from weaker sections of the society and that way perhaps we have touched the lives of more than 1000 poor students. 
Through this project we aim to provide quality educational support to students who would otherwise will have no opportunity to such quality education. Education is imparted through qualified senior teaching professionals who are paid nominal fees by us. Classes are conducted on all days of the week. We have created an excellent infrastructure and have dedicated staff for this. The classes are conducted at the premises of National Boys High School, Triplicane for which we pay a nominal rent and some amount towards electricity and other expenses. The project expenditure of our Tuition centre is around Rs. 7.5 lakhs lakhs per year, which for the Educational year 2017-18 is fully  sponsored by ManpowerGroup, to whom, we express our deep gratitude.

In the Educational Aid Function conducted now, we provided more than 1000 sets of unstitched uniforms to poor students. In the Educational Aid function, We also provided financial assistance to select college students,  and honoured School toppers of various Schools in Triplicane.  Every year we recognize some silent achievers of the Society and this year too we presented SYMA Seva Award to a woman who has been specializing in communication skills to intellectually challenged. 

Generally, we collect funds in the months of  July & ahead coinciding with our Educational Aid Programme, though donations are welcome throughout the year. You have patronized us in a big way in the past, and we look forward to receiving your donations this year too. Cheques are to be drawn in the name of  ‘SRINIVAS YOUNGMENS ASSOCIATION’ – payable at Chennai. In case any donor wishes to make a Bank transfer, we will provide details of our Bank A/c on request. Contributions to SYMA are eligible for deduction under Sec 80G (5) (vi)of Income Tax Act, as applicable.

               Here are the details of our Current Account with Punjab National Bank.

Punjab National Bank.
A/c No. 0346002100024570, Triplicane Branch, Singarachari St. Triplicane, Chennai - 600 005.
RTGS/NEFT IFS Code : PUNB0034600 MICR Code : 600024015

You have all along supported us in a big way and we look forward to your continued support. Together we will ensure transformation towards a better Society.

With regards
S. Sampathkumar.
Secretary – SYMA; Editor – BLISS

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PS : To those of you, who have already contributed to SYMA this year, this mail is not to seek additional donation but only to say thanks again.

Some photos of the Educational function is enclosed. A brief report on the Function will feature later.

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