The 21st Aimperum Vizha of the Shakti Devi Trust, a part of Shakthi Masala firm, was held in Erode yesterday. PC Duraisamy, President, Shakthi Masala and director Shanthi Duraisamy addressed the gathering.
C. Rajendran, former Chief Commissioner, Central Excise and GST, presented the Tree Guard Award to those who received the saplings free of cost from the trust and maintained them well.
He also presented the Lifetime Achievement Award to Dr VS Natarajan, a geriatrician who has rendered outstanding service in the medical field.
In his speech, Dr. VS Natarajan said ” when I received the Padma Shri award in 2012, Sakthimasala held an appreciation ceremony.
At the Kongu Sangam Annual Festival in Chennai in 2013, the firm published his book titled ‘Live Well in Old Age’.
Next, when the Foundation for the Elderly started by him in 2017, the firm encouraged me to donate a large sum to my foundation.
The foundation they laid is today growing into a large institution. I will never forget it in my life.
I have written about my experiences over the past 40 years in my booklet, ”100 Ways to Live Well in Old Age.”
They accepted the costs required to publish it.
I am grateful for this.
The government has accepted my request to stop the abuse of the elderly and the Anti-Elder Abuse Pledge is accepted in all schools on June 15 every year.
On behalf of our Foundation, a treatment unit has been started at the Kasiyanna Counter Hospital in Erode for aged persons.
We have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with Sairam College of Engineering, Chennai to manufacture equipment for the elderly.
There is a need for a training center that will ensure that seniors over the age of 70 do not fall down.
It should be started by Shakti Devi Foundation.
As such, physiotherapy training center can also be started by the trust.
If a center like this is started, I am ready to provide doctors and nurses,” he said.
At the function, Dr. V.S. Natarajan Geriatric Foundation, Erode Imayam, Chennai Kongu Trust, Government School students who scored high marks in Class X and Plus 2 examinations and economically weaker students were given a total of Rs. 56.61 lakh worth of welfare assistance by trust directors Shanthi Duraisamy, Senthilkumar and Deepa Senthilkumar.