Our members joined the 5km and 10 km Marathon (Altertathon, as it was called) organised Alert, the NGO for awareness on road safety and first aid, on 10 Nov. The race started at 5.30 pm at Olcott School Ground and stretched to Besant Nagar Beach. More than 700 runners, most of them Rotarians participated in the Marathon. It was both fun and healthy spending the Sunday morning.

Bhumi pooja, the ground-breaking prayer for our 'Rain Water Harvesting' pilot project was held today (3 Oct) at N.K.T. Girls Hr. Secondary School premises in Triplicane, Chennai, marking the start of our Club's effort to recharge the mother earth. In a symbolic gesture, our Charter member PDG Ramakrishna Raja, joined by our Club President M C Srikanth, our members and teachers of the school broke the ground to pave the way for the water harvesting pit. This school has a strength of 2500 students and will benefit them. A significant milestone in the activities of our Club and we look forward to take this project to other locations soon. Stay tuned for more updates.

We started after-class tuition classes at our Community Learning Centre in Kattur, Thiruporur, off OMR, Chenani, last week. We already offer tailoring and computer courses in the morning hours for the women of the village. With this after-class tuition, the children of the village benefit and the centre is now busy for the full day. True to the saying 'Happiness is seeing other being happy.'

Our Matching Grant project 'Caring for Little Hearts' started during Rotary year 2017-18 is nearing completion. To date, we have completed record 275 open heart surgeries and given new lease of life to children suffering from congenital heart disease in Tamil Nadu, India. We are now ready to go for the next mile of another 200 surgeries with our Matching Grant project 2 soon. On Saturday, 24 August, we visited the beneficiaries undergoing post operative care at our partner hospital Sooriya Hospital in Vadapalani, Chennai. We thank our partner Club Pasadena Rotary, USA, Rotary International, Dr. Prashanth Shah and all the generoous hearts for the support to this project. Pic caption: Our Club President M C Srikanth, in the presence of Dr. Prashanth Shah, and other members interact with the patients at Sooriya Hospital.

It was a day of Rotary servcie today (12 July) and our Club did a marathon of project launches at all our Interact schools. Counseling sessions started and commemorative sapling planted at Sacred Heart School, Church Park Convent, Spoken English and tailoring courses started in MCN School, MCJ School, Corporation Middle School Royapettah. These programmes will equip the children to develop skills and confidence. Pic caption: Mr. Manikandan, Company Secretary of CAMS plants a sapling at Sacred Heart School, Chennai.

RCMS is providing tailoring course to 40 local women around Kattur village as part of the Happy Village project through ACDS.