To promote Swachh Bharat, D 3000 undertook awareness rallies involving school and college students, Rotarians and the public, Rotaractors and Interactors through its clubs recently. This was the second Navaratna project to highlight clean environment with a strong focus on public health and personal hygiene, as also a campaign for Go Green (environment), Go Blue (linking of rivers) and Go Red (blood donation).
The rallies were organised with support and participation of the civic administration and were PR exercises to enhance Rotary’s commitment to serving humanity and making a difference.
At Trichy, a strong contingent of 1,500 students and public marched along with Rotary leaders, police and the Municipal administration officers and staff. The volunteers cleaned the entire stretch of the march route. At another point, handbills were distributed on cancer, drug and cleanliness awareness. They wore fancy masks to catch the public eye. On another route, about 200 Interactors and Rotaractors took out a bicycle rally with the participation of Railway Divisional Manager and Deputy Commissioner of Police. In small towns such as Ariyalur, Thuraiyur, Karur, Alangudi, Karambakudi, Batlagundu, Andipatti, Vaiyampatti, Manapparai, the rallies were marked by placards, slogans, street plays, music bands and human chain formation.
All the clubs in Karur jointly organised the rally which was inaugurated by the District Collector. He walked with the students the entire stretch of 3 km. A salient feature of the rally was the youngsters cleaning the roads. The awareness rally at Kodaikanal and Dindigul which was inaugurated by the District Collector, served as a reminder to the public to maintain a clean environment. At both Theni and Pudukkottai, the rallies inaugurated by the Superintendents of Police, created a team spirit and promoted awareness on hygiene.