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Wednesday, March 9, 2022

SYMA thanks kind-hearted donors

 Srinivas Youngmen’s Association (popularly SYMA)  has been doing service to the society since 1977.  Our services spread to various lines such as civic welfare, medicine, health, environment, education, personality development more.  The medical services and laboratory which remained closed during Covid 19 are open to public now.  We at SYMA, feel strongly the primary responsibility of improving the Society and helping the underprivileged.  

Years ago on 14.8.1977, SYMA was formally inaugurated by the then Honble Minister for Social welfare Ms PT Saraswathi, Sri N Krishnaswamy Reddiyar beign the Chief Guest.   SYMA has marched a long way since ! – entering its 47th  year.  In Aug 2019,  SYMA moved to sprawling premises at 37 Car Street, Triplicane, Chennai 5 from  a 270 SFT  premises approx  at 29 TP Koil Street,   Opp to Bharathiyar  Illam.  

We have : Medical centre, Blood analysis lab (test results from Neuberg Ehlrich),  Ultrasound Scanning facility, Gynecological consultation, Physiotherapy, Eye clinic – all under one roof – added to that  private Doctors providing treatment at our premises.     

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 !]   The running of Medical Centre and Lab costs around Rs.45000/- per month.  The recently added Scan facility offers various scans at an inaugural offer of Rs.650/-  

2) SYMA Growth – a purposeful special tuition centre for coaching poor students of 10th and 12th standards.  Into its 14th  year now, this was inaugurated in  2008 and producing good results year after year, changing the lives of poor children.  The academic year 2020-21 was impacted by Covid  \

With its present activities, the annual budget runs into few lakhs of rupees – and we have been fortunate to have support of many philanthropists and some big Institutions too.

Recently,  India’s most respected and well-known NBFC supported us with a Corpus Fund of Rs.5 lakhs and another scholarly gentleman Triplicanite, 98 years of age, donated Rs. 1 lakh. I was amazed to see him sign the cheque leaf without his hands shaking !   There have been contributions from many – yet, this one from a 71 year old gentleman is different too.

Today a Septuagenarian walked into SYMA medical centre and deposited Rs.5000/- as donation to our staff.  In a handwritten note, had stated himself to be a friend of Mr Jayasimhan who had asked him to donate – he could not visit due to Covid 19 and had remembered the request, honoured his friend’s request this evening.

What is overwhelming is the fact :  a  simple unassuming person, Mr Jayasimhan was employed in our office after his retirement, he endeared himself to be close to every one of us in a very short time; in Nov 2019- he suffered heart-attack and even as he was admitted sent a meticulous note on the funds position in office and the activity that had to be done !  .. sad, he passed away sooner.

We recall that affable person Sri Jayasimhan who had during his tenure spoken to his friends about SYMA and .. .. his friend Sri S Subramanian, living elsewhere (Madurai !) remembering that (though some tense years had passed by in between)

WE salute the spirit of such noble persons, the benevolent goodhearted donors and all our well-wishers and rededicate ourselves to serving the poor and downtrodden and doing some service to the Society.

With regards – S. Sampathkumar
Vice President
9th Mar 2022.