Udupi, Oct 18, 2019: Ramanji, a member of Namma Bhoomi, a unit of The Concerned for Working Children, donated to three students Rs 1.5 lakh that he had collected on the occasion of Sri Krishna Janmashtami.
Ramanji had dressed himself as Medusa, the snake queen from Greek mythology, to raise money during the celebrations. This was his seventh round of effort in this direction.
The money that he had collected was handed to Soni Shettigar, Manjunath and Netravathi at ‘Samarpane’, a programme organised at MGM College.
Mangalore University vice chancellor Prof P S Yadapadithaya lauded the efforts of Ramanji, calling the approach novel. “People respond to others’ problems if they had faced similar problems. Ramanji has given back whatever he has received from society,” he added. It was a touching gesture appreciated by many.
The vice chancellor added that destitute and under privileged people require empathy and support, not sympathy.
Deputy Commissioner G Jagadeesh, said that the programme had sent a good message to society.
“Ramanji is a living example for determination. He was engaged as a child labourer and joined ‘Namma Bhoomi’,” Jagadeesh said and added, “The bitter memories motivated Ramanji to involve himself in a social cause. His work should be recognised and rewarded.”