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Sunday, August 25, 2019

spectacles distributed at SYMA 2019 - remembering KE Raghavan

Srinivas Youngmens Association (SYMA) has been doing service to the society  since 1977.  Of our many services, Medical services and Education services are our prime activities.  On Independence Day of the Nation, We have been conducting ‘Cataract screening  Eye camp’ at Sri Seervi Samaj Bhavan, Triplicane  for more than 20 years now.  The camp is always conducted by Sri Sankara Eye Hospital, Pammal.  This year on 15.8.2019, National flag was hoisted at our new premises at 37 Car Street, by Dr N Murali.  Mr Badrinath, Vasavi Constructions was the Chief Guest.  Mr J Babu of Pammal Sankara was the prominent Guest.

In the eye camp, around 130 people were screened ~ only 3 were identified requiring removal of cataract.  They were taken to Sri Sankara Eye Hospital, Pammal on the same day.  Cataract surgery was done free for them and a day later, they were brought back to Triplicane.  40 persons were prescribed spectacles.  The eye-glasses were made by Sri Sankara Eye Hospital, Pammal and they were distributed this morning  at SYMA Medical Centre @ 10.00am.

We have come a long way since 1989 when our medical services were launched in a small street corner at Peyalwar Street ~ many our volunteers have striven so hard ensuring that pleasant and quality service is extended to poor and needy.  Of the many people involved – we recall and remember the passionate services of dear KE Raghavan born on 12.10.1953

Twelve years ago  on this day [fateful Saturday 25.8.2007] the affable Kunnavakkam Elayavalli Raghavan [Alamu Stores] passed away – his sudden death shocked Triplicane and hundreds turned up at his funeral.  He would ever be remembered for his nice words, smiling face, hard work done always at the background without ever showing up on stage.  On a day when Sri Sankaracharya was to visit our medical centre in its nascent stage, he took upon himself, the task of whitewashing the entire premises and the day beckoned with the place so neat and clean.  He was exceptionally good in cooking and the sambar that he used to make still lingers.  In SYMA tours, besides other manual work, cooking and serving was his area and he made everyone feel happy with that.

Every year we remember him on 25th of August –  this morning in his remembrance, eye glasses were distributed at SYMA’s new premises @ Car Street, Triplicane.  The edifice of SYMA has been built brick by brick by the efforts of many volunteers  and late KE Raghavan played a great part in maintaining the Centre those days. His brother Mr KE Srinivasan, Prop. Alamu Stores, distributed the glasses alongwith SYMA Office bearers.

With regards – S. Sampathkumar          

25th Aug 2019.

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