The open air car park of the Thirumangalam Metro Station was transformed to an art exhibition area to promote organ donation. MOHAN Foundation organised a Rangoli Competition in association with Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL) on 6thJanuary 2018 at the Thirumangalam Metro Station.
The theme of the Rangoli was அழியாதகோலங்கள் (Indelible Designs) – Organ Donation. The participation was open to all. Chennai rangoli enthusiast wholeheartedly participated in the competition. There were 13 pairs of students from 8 colleges of Chennai and 26 pairs of older women who created beautifully thought out designs to bring out the concept of organ donation. Exciting prizes and gifts were given to the winners and participants. The youngest participant was 7 years and eldest was 62 years old. One participant came from Bengaluru. Both in student and adult category – there were 3 first prizes and 3 second prizes and additional special prizes. Nearly 100 people were present at the venue and many metro users came to see the rangoli.
The competition was judged by Dr. Georgi Abraham, Chief Nephrologist, MMM Hospital, Mrs. Shaila, a volunteer at MOHAN Foundation and Mrs. Stella Matthew, counselor. Students from Kanyaka Parmeshwari College – Akshya and team; Bhaktavatsalam College and Krishnaswamy College for Women - Ramya and team and Valliammal College for Women –Karishma were judged as teams with the best Rangoli. Among the adult category, Ms. Jansi and team, Ms. Narmada and team and Ms. Shardha and team were judged the best.
The prize distribution ceremony was graced by Mr. S. Pandian, Joint Director and PRO, CMRL, Dr. Georgi Abraham, Chief Nephrologist, MMM Hospital, Mr. Vijay of Honda Motors, Dr. Sunil Shroff, Managing Trustee and Mrs. Lalitha Raghuram, Country Director, MOHAN Foundation.
Public events such as a Rangoli competition create curiosity in the minds of the public. The staff of MOHAN Foundation also set an information stall to educate the public on the concepts of organ donation and help in clarifying any doubts. Many visitors registered as donors and picked a donor card.
This event was in unique partnership between CMRL and MOHAN Foundation for the promotion of a noble cause. MOHAN Foundation thanks CMRL and all the sponsors for their support in the event.