A dash of creativity to spread word of child helpline
CHENNAI: Passengers at the Egmore railway station were surprised when a street play was enacted at the transport hub to raise awareness about the child helpline 1098 on Saturday morning.
Volunteers of Arunodhaya Centre for street and working children staged the play that stressed the need for protecting child rights and sought to inform people of the helpline. They encouraged passengers to participate in a signature campaign to ensure greater publicity for the child helpdesk at the railway station. Many of the commuters readily signed on a big banner to support the cause of child safety.
Arunodhaya Centre’s executive director Virgil D. Sami said the programme was organised to kickstart the activities as part of ‘child helpline se dosti’ week (Friendship with child helpline) that is being observed till November 20. “Our child helpdesk handled 167 cases in Egmore railway station alone. Several runaway children and those who were abandoned or abducted were rescued because of the helpdesk and awareness created among porters, autorickshaw drivers and others who frequent the railway station. Raising awareness on the helpline and the helpdesk will help protect children,” she said.
Some of the other programmes lined up for this week include a rally by IT employees from Marina beach to Ennore and a sand sculpture on the Marina beach.
On Saturday, P. Vijayakumar, superintendent of police, Railways, inaugurated the signature campaign. A.Glory Gunaseeli, district child protection officer, also spoke.