Exnora Greater Chennai launched a week-long ‘Smoke-Free Bhogi’ awareness campaign in Chennai today
Exnora Greater Chennai has launched a week-long awareness campaign to promote smoke-free Bhogi by creating awareness among students at various schools and colleges in North, Central and South Chennai
Civic Exnoras and Exnora Innovators clubs in and around the city will carry out awareness programmes for public in various parts of Chennai and suburbs.
Exnora Greater Chennai launched a week-long ‘Smoke-Free Bhogi’ awareness campaign at Sri RKM Sarada Vidyalaya Model Higher Secondary School, Burkit Road, T.Nagar. The special launch program included an awareness meet and distribution of saplings in which more than 1000 students participated.
Following the meet, students belonging to various volunteer groups formed a human chain in Burkit Road, T.Nagar carrying banners and placards with Smoke-Free Bhogi slogans. Exnora volunteers and students distributed pamphlets to the public, which explained the ill effects of burning rubbish, tyres and plastic and how it pollutes the environment and contributes to Global warming.
Mrs. Kannagi Prabhakaran, the Headmistress of the school welcomed the guests, teachers and students and explained the necessity to protect our environment. She also spoke on the need to observe a smokeless Bhogi to keep our atmosphere clean and pollution free.The Guests were presented with Saplings to promote School’s motto – Go Green.
Govindaraj, President, Exnora Greater Chennai, said that the Civic Exnoras and Exnora Innovators clubsin and around the city will conduct several awareness programmes through rallies, distribution of pamphlets,awareness through autos, street plays andvarious other modes. The campaign was commenced on 7thJanuary and will extend up to bhogi day.
Lion.S.N.Hari Narayanan Chairman – Projects, Lions Club of Central Madras advised the students to explain to their friends, relatives and parents about the need for a clean environment for healthy living. He also said that although today they are children, in future when they become decision makers their action will be in the best interest of the environment.
Anand Laxman, General Secretary, Exnora Greater Chennai, narrated the origin of the Bhogi festival and urged the students and teachers to collect their unwanted materials in the waste collection container and if possible donate them to the needy and thus avoid burning and polluting the environment.
Fatheraj Jain, Secretary, North Chennai Exnora urged students to persuade their parents and neighbours not to burn tyres and plastic materials, as they cause toxic pollution to the atmosphere.