Sunday, August 23, 2009
Madras Week: From Avadi to the Marina, a bicycle rally
VSSS Alumni, a forum for the past pupils of the Vijayantha Senior Secondary School School on the Heavy Vehicles Factory campus in Avadi organised a bicycle rally on Madras Day (August 22). The rally began at the Avadi Rountana and proceeded to the lighthouse on the Marina. The objective: to create an awareness about global warming and the measures to be protect the earth by using, for instance, bicycles for travel up to 5 km and public transport for longer distances, and also exploring possibilities of car/two-wheeler pooling.
The exercises showed how the local community can come together and contribute to Madras Week celebrations. M. Kathiravan, editor, Town News, and V. Nandakumar, dy. Commissioner, Income Tax, Chennai, flagged off the rally. Present at the Vijayantha School before the bicycles started on their journey were P. Omana, headmistress; James, headmaster; K. Vasantha, headmistress; S. Kalaivani, founder, Lokamathra Charitable Trust; S.K. Sivakumar, manager, NICT; Hari Babu, manager, Aptech; and D. Gopinath, manager, S.S.S. Computer Education.
Enthused by the response, P. Jayakumar, president, VSSS Alumni, and G. Aejaz Sheriff, treasurer, plan to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the school by getting the old students to attend.
Picture shows the bicycle rally all set to being flagged off.