An old lady donating her savings to a cause rather than to the temple at Tirupathi; the numeorus benefit concerts rendered by the legendary MS Subbulakshmi in aid of Sankara Nethralaya; a bereaved father setting up an institute at Sankara Nethralaya in memory of his son … these and many more acts of generosity that have been pivotal to the growth of Sankara Nethralaya were recalled at the ‘Friends of Sankara Nethralaya’ event held at the institution on March 5, 2011.
Throwing light on the difference Sankara Nethralaya’s services has made on those affected with visual ailments, especially the underprivileged, Dr. Tarun Sharma, Director, fund-raising, spoke on the impact society’s support has had in propelling Sankara Nethralaya to continue in its path of service.
Forty individuals were awarded the ‘Friends of Sankara Nethralaya Award’ for their unflinching support in the recent past.
The numerous upcoming projects of the institution, including the new hospital at Kolkata and the mobile comprehensive care unit, were touched upon by Dr. Rashmin Gandhi, Director, The Sankara Nethralaya Academy. Dr. Gandhi also highlighted the institution’s growth in all its areas of functioning – patient care, community services, education and research.
Guests of honour, Mr. Surendra Mehta, Lion P Haridas, Mr. Ajit Choradia and Mr. Pyarilal Pythalia praised the yeomen service and initiatives undertaken by the institution in alleviating blindness in India.
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The Hindu, March 06, 2011