Shri A R Palanisamy, a former colleague to many of us, is the Secretary of SEED-- Society for Educational and Economic Development-- a voluntary organisation located at Sriperumbudur. He took voluntary retirement from Canara Bank, where he was working as an officer, to look after the activities of SEED full-time SEED is involved in educating the children of Life convicts, terminally ill patients and orphans. It is a residential school type project, where everything is provided free to the children, with the ultimate aim of securing a decent life to them. Here the children are imparted both standard education and vocational training.
Though we have always extended our services only in temples all these years, an exception was made to accommodate the request of Shri Palanisamy. Accordingly we landed at SEED premises on the Independence Day (15 Aug 2013). As usual our guys did cleaning, grill painting, white washing et al.
We were joined by Sam & Ann Bryan, a couple from USA. Sam is an aeronautical engineer from Seattle, now on a special assignment with INS Rajali at Arakkonam. Like us, this couple too decided to spend their holiday differently and decided to visit SEED. Upon seeing us, their joy knew no bounds and they participated with more enthusiasm by mingling with us and offering their services.
Before we left, we presented the children some play materials like, Carrom Board, Chess sets, Volley ball & net, a football, tennikoit rings and a few tennis balls. We were very much moved by the joy and gratitude in their eyes over this small gesture.
In the evening, before we packed of, the inmates of SEED presented each of us with a specially made garland prepared by them as part of their vocational activity, which we carried back with fond memories.