A unique programme took place here on Wednesday on the occasion of New Year when a physically challenged youth came forward to celebrate the day with visually impaired members of Mother Theresa Seva Samstha, which was established about 12 years ago by physically challenged Kankipati Govind.
The celebrations were arranged in Zion Blind School in Rajahmundry on Wednesday. About 80 visually impaired students aged between three years and 12 years assembled at Zion Residential school. Mr. Govind arranged a huge cake and invited Revenue Divisional Officer M. Venugopal Reddy as chief guest.
Three-year old Keerthana, who lost both her eyes, cut the cake along with RDO Mr. Reddy and other children, and wished the guest and others happy New Year. Speaking on the occasion, the RDO lauded the services of Mr. Govind.
He said that it was highly appreciable and everyone should take Mr. Govind as an inspiration in serving the needy in society. Mr. Reddy also lauded the services of Zion School.
After the morning session, Mr. Govind and his team distributed blankets and sarees to the poor at his shop in Gorakshanapeta in which pediatrician Dr. Ravikiran participated as chief guest.
In the evening, MTSS arranged free special meal to the inmates of orphanage-Miriam Children Home and former Minister Gorantla Butchaiah Chowdary served the meal to the children.
Kankipati Govind, whose legs were paralysed due to polio after birth, is running a grease shop in a small corner street of Gorakshanapeta in Rajahmundry. He started Mother Theresa Service Organisation about 12 years ago and took up several service programmes with funds collected from autorickshaw drivers and other low-income group people.
He requested to fix a coin box in each auto which comes to his shop for grease and passengers contribute voluntarily in these boxes whenever they travel in the autos.
At the end of each year, all the boxes would be opened and the money would be counted and Mr. Govind and his organisation members Ch. Srinu, Ch. Sai Ramesh, Satish and K. Maruti add a matching amount to the total collected. On every first of New Year, the MTSS arranges several programmes for the poor and needy including free meals, distribution of clothes, blankets and other activities in differentinstitutions.
Free special meal arranged for the inmates of Miriam Children Home. Former Minister Gorantla Butchaiah Chowdary serves meals to children