Sunday, October 3, 2010

5th Pillar participates at the Joy Of Giving Week at Valluvar Kottam, Chennai on 26&27 Sep 2010

5th Pillar was one of the 70 stalls instituted at the Valluvar Kottam complex on the 2 day event. The event was inaugurated by Mr. Gnani, famous writer, Padmashri Dr. Bakthavatchalam and Mr.Murali, owner of Krishna Sweets. There were many attendees for this event and many schools kids and college kids came in groups to take part in the event.

We had displayed our 30 x 10 feet banner and asked all the attendees to sign on the banner to show their solidarity against corruption. Volunteers of 5th Pillar manned the stalls in shifts and played an active role in promoting the anti-corruption message to all the participants of the event. Continuous display of videos of Mr. Vijay Anand's speech at various colleges, promotional anti-corruption videos, and pictures of our past events in varied institutions were on continuous display in TV monitor.

President of 5th Pillar, Mr. Vijay Anand addressed the visitors of the mela who were of various age groups and after his speech on Freedom from Corruption, he asked all the participants to raise their hands with the Zero Rupee Note and asked them totake a pledge, to neither accept nor give bribe.
We had a box in our stall to collect the grievances of the public. We received many grievances and some are listen below:
  1. Denial of job because of not being able to pay a bribe.
  2. Delay in getting jobs on compassionate grounds.
  3. Indifferent attitudes of Banks in granting educational loan.
  4. One person wanted an RTI training in her area.
  5. Drinking water and sand quarrying problem.
Many of the visitors became members of our organization and also subscribed to our monthly Tamil magazine MAATTRAM. The event was a fun get together for many NGO's whose common ideology was service to the public.

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