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Rail Yathra on Children's Day


By BIS Tiruchi
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Tiruchy, Nov. 17. Salem Childline 1098 organized a ''Rail Yathra''  (train journey) as a part of national children's day celebrations on 14 November, from Salem Railway Junction to Jolarpet Junction in Tamil Nadu. The purpose of the Yathra was to create awareness about Childline 1098 and its services among the public and the passengers who traveled in Erode to Jolarpet Passenger Train.
CHILDLINE is India's toll-free tele-helpline for children in distress, launched by CHILDLINE India Foundation (CIF). It is a project supported by the Union Ministry of Women and Child Development. The service operates in 291 cities/districts in 31 States and UTs of the country through its network of over 540 partner organisations across India, among them a large number of Don Bosco Institutions, including Don Bosco Anbuillam, Salem.

The Rail Yathra started at 08.00 am in the presence of the Additional Divisional Regional Manager, Southern Railway Salem Division Mr. Dhavamani Pandiyan, IRSE.  During the Rail Yathra special efforts were made to highlight Prohibition of Child Marriage Act 2006.  Handouts and other IECD materials were distributed to the public and nearly 3,000 general public and school students were reached out through this programme.

Other diginitaries who participated in the programme were the General Secretary of Young Women Christian Association (YWCA) Ms. Ruby Thiyagarajan, Director of Don Bosco AnbuIllam, Salem Fr. Amalorpavaj SDB, Asst. Director of Don Bosco AnbuIllam Fr. Gabriel SDB, Chair Person Child Welfare Committee Mr. Xavier, City Coordinator Salem Childline Mr. Prabhu, Coordinator of Salem Childline Ms. Nirmala.
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