12th December 2018, MNC completed 29 years of service to children in the age group birth to six years, with Intellectual disability and associated conditions providing them Early Intervention. A special day for MNC, since it brings to the front the last twenty nine years of tireless and the dedicated work put in by the Founders, Management Team, the Staff, and of course the Children and the Parents. As every year, a theme was selected so that the children could perform on the theme. This year the theme was “Malaigal”. All factors of nature are created to live and let live – helping one another to co-exist. One such great wonder of creation is the “Mountain”. We at MNC want to feel strong, steady and magnanimous like the mountains in the service of humanity in general and special children in particular. This was symbolically depicted in the day’s theme.
The Chief Guest was Mr. L Lakshman, Chairman Emeritus, Rane Holdings Ltd. He has taken Rane to great heights and under his stewardship the company’s turnover nears 50 billion US $. He has been spearheading the CSR initiatives of Rane Group and is the Managing Trustee of Rane Foundation, a public charitable trust founded by Rane companies.
As the clock struck half an hour past ten, we had the chief guest walking into the hall with Mr. N Kumar – Vice Chairman, Sanmar Group. Mr. S Krishnan welcomed the gathering and recorded the dedicated and passionate thoughts of Mr. K.S.Narayanan, Mr N. Sankar, Mr N.Kumar, Late Air Vice Marshal V Krishnaswamy, Prof Jeychandran and Mrs.Jaya Krishnaswamy in establishing MNC. He recalled that they with the support of many likeminded individuals both from the field and outside the field have successfully translated the thoughts into meaningful activities benefitting many children and have given a helping hand to the parents to come out of their shackles and face the reality with courage of conviction. He said that we should salute all of them as they have transformed MNC from a demonstration cum training centre to an Institution of repute and also as a model centre in the Early Intervention program, with recognition from the Government, and experts in the field of disability.
We had the august presence of Mr. N Sankar, Chairman Sanmar Group of Companies, Mr. Vijay Sankar, Deputy Chairman Sanmar Group, Mr. Roy Kho, Consul General, Consulate General of the Republic of Singapore, Chennai.
The highlight of the day was the performance of the children with their parents. Six mountain ranges – the Sahayadri, Nilgiris, Western and Eastern ghats, Vindya and the Himalayan ranges were chosen and their glory and importance were show cased as a dance drama. A few children performed on their own without any prompt from the teachers or parents and brought smiles to every ones face. The audience enjoyed thoroughly and the applause took a long time dying.
Mr. L Lakshman in his address mentioned that the centre was doing a great service and though he is being applauded for the work at Rane, he feels that service to children was much more praise worthy. He praised the mothers for all their efforts in tuning their children so well to perform on the stage in spite of their disability and their patience and perseverance in managing their children. Mr. N Kumar in his address thanked everyone whose presence was a great encouragement for the children and the mothers and praised the centre for its untiring work.
The day came to an end with the national anthem and light refreshments.