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Dancing feet bring smiles to rural children


By John Alexander SDB
The Salesian Communities of Egmore and Pavunjur with school children, staff and parents.
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Chennai, Apr. 16. In a striking gesture of solidarity Don Bosco Matriculation School and Don Bosco School of Excellence, Egmore donated Rs.25 Lakhs to the school children of St. Joseph High School, Pavunjur in Kancheepuram District of Tamil Nadu. The fund, collected from the Charity Dance show DOBODA Season-3, held in January 2014, will be utilized to give scholarships, to build classrooms and laboratories to upgrade the rural school to Higher Secondary status.
The dance show was a collaborative effort between Don Bosco Dance club and John Britto's Dance Company. Children and staff from Egmore and Pavunjur schools participated in a thanksgiving cultural event at Pavunjur on 12th April 2014 and promised each other to be friends and partners for a social cause.

''DOBODA is much more than a fund raising dance event. It is a movement of solidarity and a wonderful exercise in school social responsibility,'' said Fr. John Alexander, Rector of Don Bosco Egmore.  ''The entire school community rallies around the noble cause of inculcating in the minds of the young the values of teamwork, sharing and concern for the needy,'' he added.

Fr. Thomas Mariraj, Headmaster, St. Joseph's School, welcomed the gathering at which the donation was handed over to his school. Fr. Y. L. Irudayaraj, Principal, Don Bosco Matriculation School, Fr. Chinnapparaj, Adminsitrator, Indira Kumar, Principal, Don Bosco School of Excellence and Suganthi Fernando, AHM, felicitated the students.

The funds raised from the earlier two seasons of DOBODA were used to provide scholarships and to complete computer labs, library and laboratories in Sagayathottam and Mathuranthagam villages. Creativity, Collaboration and Concern for others are the triple objectives of this mega dance festival that has received a wide patronage from thousands of people in the city of Chennai. The DOBODA facebook (www.facebook/doboda) has over 2 lakh followers. More than 500 dancers from 20 different schools have performed in these dance shows.
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