May 26, 2017, saw the Express Avenue Mall, Chennai’s biggest shopping Mall, reverberate the sounds of drums, music, song, dance and drama for a good 3 hours. Footfalls of all ages were more than 3000, that evening as a theatre complex with 6 theatres overlooks, the Atrium of the Mall. The theme “Life with MS” and creating awareness was brought about by two dramas – one a Koothupatharai – village play in Tamil, and a second was a Meme in English by BNY Mellon employees, our CSR partners.
The entire evening reverberated with questions, what is MS? How do you get it? What is the cure etc? , as Volunteers distributed Orange Ribbon and leaflets on MS. Most visitors expressed the view that they had not heard the word/ disease – Multiple Sclerosis, before. It was a great evening of creating Awareness about MS, more so because it was well attended by MS persons in Orange T Shirts with their families.
Both the skit and Meme was to make people to understand MS and its symptoms. It definitely helped to educate people about MS, early diagnosis and how proper doctor consultation is important in MS. They enacted and conveyed the essence of the day in a simple way. There were interludes of cultural items by “Rhythm of Life” group. People were entertained with songs, dance and mimicries, etc.
31.05.2017 – Human Chain.
BNY Mellon, are our CSR partners with their employees, more than 800 of them , together with our members joined hands to form a human chain on evening of 31.05.2017, at DLF IT Park which houses about 20 IT companies. The slogan “We’re stronger than MS” and “Life with MS” rent in the air. We all stood together to show solidarity with the rest of the World to mark “MS Day”. The Human Chain grasped the attention of all the employees in the huge 65 acre campus. It was really an “Awareness Campaign about MS”.
Lighting up of Buildings in Orange.
On the evening of 31.05.2017 – Prominent buildings were lit in Orange like Corporation of Chennai (Ripon building) Apollo Speciality Hospitals, Ragas Rajan Dental, Acropolis building, Fagun Mansion, IIT Madras, TNPL building, Bergamo, Director General of Police, Chennai, Building housing Commission for the Differently Abled, to name a few.