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Samudhaaya Foundation launches Project
Sahaay 2011
CHENNAI, August 15: The over 12-year-old Samudhaaya Foundation, founded by Carnatic vocalist Sudha Ragunathan, has embarked upon a new initiative.

Project Sahaay 2011 is aimed at providing funds to supply medicines to underprivileged children.

The Foundation has roped in the services of Dr. Julius Scott, Head of the Pediatric Hematology and Oncology Department at Sri Ramachandra Medical College in Chennai. He will offer his expertise in guiding Samudhaaya towards this effort, according to a release from the Foundation.

Samudhaaya’s parallel effort for children is `Prema Vaasam', a home for mentally and physically challenged and underprivileged children. Here, the afflicted ones and the healthy ones live in harmony, complementing each other with their thoughts, emotions and aptitudes. ``Samudhaaya wants to help these children rise above their limitations and reach their maximum potential,'' the release quoted Smt. Sudha Ragunathan as saying. ``We are seeking to offer financial support for these special children in order to help them achieve their goals,'' the release added.

The Foundation had also sought `generous pledge of support for this worthy drive''. All donations made to Samudhaaya Foundation directly, the release said, were exempt under Section 80 (G) of the Income Tax Act. DD/cheques may be made in favour of Samudhaaya Foundation, drawn on Indian Overseas Bank, West Mambalam, (Code No. 868) Chennai 600 033. (INR deposits - Savings Account No.24040, International currency deposits – SWIFT CODE IOBAINBB001 Savings Account No.19909).

For details, contact: Samudhaaya Foundation at ‘Vasantham’, 18/3 First Street, Alwarpet, Chennai 600 018, Tamil Nadu, India. Email: samudhaaya@gmail.com website: www.sudharagunathan.com

For over 12 years, Samudhaaya Foundation has been doing its bit to the cause of combating tragedies of epic proportions. Samudhaaya has supported the Kargil Relief Fund, Orissa Flood Relief Fund, victims of the Gujarat earthquake and The Cancer Institute WIA (for pediatric cancer). It has, in recent years, enabled heart surgeries of 100 underprivileged children at Sri Ramachandra Medical Centre, Chennai, and also offered infrastructural assistance to Sri Arunodayam.

On the occasion of its 10th anniversary in 2010, Samudhaaya spearheaded three key projects – renovation of the building for The Clarke School for the Deaf, financial aid for Dean Foundation (a non-profit medical foundation that provides free hospice and palliative care) and Tulir (Centre for the Prevention & Healing of Child Sexual Abuse).

On 31 October 2010, the 20th anniversary of Smt. Sudha Ragunathan's Guru M.L. Vasanthakumari, Samudhaaya Foundation launched an organ donation awareness programme wherein my family and friends signed up for organ donation. As on date, the Samudhaaya registry lists 45 compassionate souls who have volunteered to donate their organs.