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HCL Foundation flags off Sports for Change Team Bus in Chennai under flagship program, Sports for Change

An effort to recognizing young potential sporting talents and nurturing the students to enhance their skills

Chennai : HCL Foundation (HCLF), the Corporate Social Responsibility arm of HCL Technologies, has flagged off a Sports for change (SFC) team Bus in Chennai, Tamil Nadu under its flagship program Sports for Change. The SFC team bus will enable students to travel and participate in competitions, attend coaching and training around the city. Furthermore, the bus will also help to promote campaigns and spread awareness about sports in the communities and schools.

The ‘Sports ForChange’ team bus was flagged off by Ms. Nidhi Pundhir, Director HCL Foundation and Mr. Alvin Raj, Inspector of Police, Kannagi Nagar,at the Kannagi Nagar Playground in Chennai in the presence of Fr. Leo, Director Don Bosco AnbuIllam, Mr. Mohan Kumar Raja, Indian Olympic Athlete. Mr. Bopanna, International Basketball Player and Mr. Gold M Rajendran, Joint Secretary, Tamil Nadu Amateur Kabaddi Association of Tamil Nadu. During the event, sports achievers were felicitated from HCL Foundation’s Sports for Change initiative. 

“We are delighted to have flagged off this SFC team Bus today. HCL Foundation believes in the holistic development of an individual and sports can be a great enabler and sports is an integral part of education. Through our various flagship events, foundation has been continuously working to enrich the lives of people who come from disadvantaged backgrounds. With Sports for Change, HCL Foundation aims at building strong foundation of life for children living in most difficult circumstances, including the ones living in the slums, at the grassroot level to strengthen and empower them to face the challenges of the future. We believe, this initiative will further enhance the effectiveness of the initiative.” Said   Ms. Nidhi Pundhir, Director, HCL Foundation.

HCL Foundation under its Sports for Change special initiative aims at enabling balanced participation, excellence and holistic development through a high-quality and inclusive sporting experience for children and youth from disadvantaged communities.The aim of Sports for Change, is to promote grass root sports among the young talents from the most difficult circumstance and deserving communities.

Since its inception in 2015 as a volunteer-led initiative in Chennai, HCL Foundation’s Sports for Change has supported 21,000+ athletes across India.  

HCL Supports SUHAM Community Hospital with Medical Equipment

Enhances provisions for affordable and accessible health services to underprivileged and vulnerable communities in Madurai

As part of its efforts to helpthe underprivileged and vulnerable communities cope with the adverse effects of the pandemic, HCL, a leading global conglomerate, provided medical equipment to upgrade the 27-bedded SUHAM Community Hospital in the Madurai. The equipment includes three ventilators, 10 multipara monitors, digital X-ray machine and other medical equipment and accessories. Shri. S. Thirumurugan, Head, HCL Technologies, Madurai, handed over the equipment in the presence of Shri M.P Vasimalai, Executive Director, Dhan Foundation.

SUHAM Community Hospital is an initiative of Sustainable Health care Advancement (SUHAM) Trust, a partner organization of HCL Foundation. Speaking at the occasion, Shri. S. Thirumurugan, Head, HCL Technologies, Madurai said, “The COVID-19 pandemic has affected all strata of our society. However, the poor communities are particularly vulnerable given their living conditions and limited access to health care facilities. HCL’s COVID-19 response efforts are aimed at enhancing health care infrastructure across the country to ensure adequate availability of services. SUHAM Trust is our long-standing partner and together we have taken an important step to ensure availability of quality health care for the poor and vulnerable communities in the city.”

Talking about the initiative, Shri M.P Vasimalai, Executive Director, Dhan Foundation said, “We are thankful to HCL for stepping in to help upgrade the medical and other equipment at our community hospital that caters to the poor sections of the society. With this, we hope to be able to provide enhanced care services to a large number of people.”

HCL and SUHAM Trust have been working together to promote healthy and hygienic living in the slums of Madurai city. A huge part of their current efforts includes building awareness for vaccination drives in vulnerable communities. HCL has earlier supported the frontline workers from the Health Department, Government Rajaji Hospital and the Police Department of Madurai with PPE kits, hand gloves and masks.