August 6, 2015
M.S.Chellamuthu Trust & Research Foundation (MSCT&RF), joined hands with SUBITCHAM – a Family Fellowship of the persons with Mental Disabilities and SHARE – Volunteers forum, to observe the 14th Anniversary of the Erwadi Fire Tragedy of 2001(6th August) when 28 chained mentally ill were burnt to ashes in a fire accident.
Chief guest Mr.Mohana Sundaram, Proprietor, Arun Bakery, Madurai in his speech volunteered to offer training and also placement to our recovered beneficiaries in the field of bakery.
Mrs. R.Rajkumari Executive Director of the Trust said that this tragedy has been instrumental in bringing many innovations in the field of Mental Health, which includes an outpatient clinic started inside the premises at Erwadi in the name of DAWA – DUVA (Prayer & Medicines) by the Darga Committee themselves at Ramnad District, with the support of District Mental Health Programme. The TamilNadu Govt has established state run rehabilitation homes for the homeless persons with Mental Illness at all Districts in Tamil Nadu. She also stressed the importance of creating wide awareness on issues related to Mental Health in the society.
Staff members, beneficiaries of MSCT&RF, Subitcham (Family Fellowship) members and SHARE volunteers participated with candles lit to dedicate themselves to the cause of the mentally disabled.
The highlight of the programme was recognising the service of Mr.Susai, our recovered beneficiary who was alcohol dependant, who is today completely bearing the family responsibility of taking care of his mentally ill elder brother and terminally ill mother. He also works as day security officer in the Central Office of MSCT&RF. He was felicitated along with his mother and brother.