Thursday, March 25, 2010

5th Pillar conducts Awareness Campaign at Corporation middle school in Chennai


Director of Operations of 5th Pillar, Mr. Subramani and Program coordinator Mr. Sarathbabu, conducted an anti-corruption awareness campaign at Corporation middle school, at Chetpet in Chennai on 18th March. The program was organized by Loyola college computer science department students as part of the OUTREACH program,were students of each department adopt a particular slum and provide services like education, information session of available government support programs, environment consciousness and economic programs for the underprivileged. Through this program they have helped 5 handicapped people to become self employed by aiding them to establish their own small business. On 18th March, the school celebrated the sports day were certificates were distributed to the winners and was attended by nearly 125 people of which 50 were Loyola college students and the rest were local residents. Mr. Subramani from 5th Pillar, spoke about anti-corruption, RTI( Right to Information) Act and explained about our organization and the ways we tackle corruption. Zero Rupee Notes were distributed to all the participants and they took an oath to neither accept nor receive bribe. Puzzle book were distributed to all the school students by our volunteers. Students of middle school were very interested to learn about the Zero Rupee Note and how it has stopped corrupt officials from demanding bribe. They were fascinated to see a note that looks very similar to a regular 50 Rs note that can be used to demonstrate unwillingness to pay bribe. More the people learn about the anti-corruption movement that is on the uprising they will have the courage and motivation to say No in the first place. Distributing the Zero Rupee Notes is to make people aware that there is our organization which is taking a stand against corruption, and to encourage people to oppose bribery.

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