A House of Hope
Vallalaar Maanvar Illam is an humane endeavor by the disciples of Ramalinga Vallalaar, a sage who cared for the people’s hunger. Vallalar is known for his preaching against killing animals for food. He had formed a temple in Vadalur, and light up a lamp and named it Arut Perum Jothi.
His school of thought and practice of worshiping the light is called Sathya Sanmarkka Sabai. He has written a most wonderful Tamil Poetry “Thiruarutpa”. His disciples started to spread his ideals and moved around the nation, two of them reached a little pamphlet Mathur and started spreading Vallalaar’s message.
This is the origin of the hostel for orphaned boys in this tiny village, through with hundreds studied and reached pinnacles of their life.
The hostel has an 80G certification, which gives an added advantage of tax cut during filing the returns.
The Rotary Club of Pudukkottai King Town had planned to donate plates to the inmates of the hostel. When we approached the former member of the hostel who is now serving as a teacher Mr. Ramalingam, he had guided us to contact the President of the hostel, Dr. Ramdaas and the Joint Secretary of the Hostel Mr. AL. Chokkalingam.
Our Rotary Secretary Rtn. Vignesh had contacted them and fix a date for the welfare event. The event was chaired by our RC President Rtn.Dharmaraj Prabu and Secretary Rtn. Vignesh welcomed the dignitaries. It is really a star studded event for our PDG. Gopal, PP M. Murugappa and the Assistant Governor Venkatachalam were present at the event.
After the donation of the plates Joint Secretary of the welfare hostel AL. Chokkalingam, (also DGN for the coming year, 2020) gave an elaborate speech on how the hostel started in a very humble way and had grown into its present state.
When PP M. Murugappa was asked to deliver a motivational speech for the kids, he rocked as usual and completed his speech with an unexpended donation announcement! He promised to donate Rs.50000 on his upcoming birthday, which falls on 29 of this month. What a great announcement? PP of RCKT is known for his benevolence and he had proved it yet again.
Undoubtedly this project is one of the best projects of RCKT this year. I am really glad to be a part of it as the project director.