By Rani Devalla
Flash mob organised at a mall to spread the message
From Ajith-starrer Vedalam’s ‘Aluma doluma’ number to a refreshing Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’s ‘break up’ song to the recent ‘Ammadu let’s do kummudu’ track from the movie Khaidi No. 150, volunteers took turns to shake a leg to a plenty of filmy tunes.
It was a visual treat for shoppers who gathered at a mall to watch a team of dancers perform a flash mob on Sunday.
Meant to create awareness about abandoned children and senior citizens and encourage people to be more compassionate towards less privileged, Care and Love Foundation, an association for people with disabilities, took the flash mob route for the first time to convey a social message.
When founder and secretary of the foundation P. Hymavathi battled with multiple health issues, she thought of those who do not have anybody to support them. “Fortunately, I have a family to take care of me. Imagine what would be the plight of those who were left unattended near railway stations and bus stands,” she questions.
It is the same thought and compassion towards the less privileged ones that made her to start a home three years ago.
Today, 28 people stay at home near VUDA Colony, Madhavadhara.
“From differently-abled children to middle-aged women and senior citizens who suffered untold pain and grief in their lives, the home takes care of their every need. With the support of 40 youngsters donning the role of volunteers and my husband Y. Kurma Rao, who works as software professional in California, providing financial assistance, I am able to cater to their basic needs and much beyond for the past three years,” narrates Ms. Hymavathi.
Apart from facilitating weekend entertainment to the inmates, regular counselling sessions and medical camps will also be conducted at the home. “We take them to parks and beach road almost every weekend as they should not be deprived of fun,” she says.
Though her husband contributes generously to the expenses incurred in maintaining the facility, Hymavathi feels that government should also consider serious measures to provide better homes to such abandoned people. “In addition, people should be more emphatic towards the helpless and try to inform officials concerned when they find one near their neighbourhood,” she adds.
The theme of the flash mob, held at CMR Central shopping mall, focused on saving the lives of the abandoned persons, alerting the officials or NGOs.