Surely one of the year’s highlights is Sylvia’s annual visit to our Club when she updates us on happenings in Tiruvannamalai. Following our provision of digital hearing aids a couple of years ago, a further endowment has now been made by a private individual for an audiometric laboratory where students can be assessed and their equipment adjusted.
Sylvia also told us about the work of consultants from a local Tamil Nadu private American-funded hospital who run weekly consultancy camps at her hospital which serve many poor patients from the local villages.
Awarded a grade A rating by the Tamil Nadu government, the hospital has now become a centre for preventative medicine, ante-natal, cardiology, diabetes, kidney problems, rheumatology, physiotherapy and pediatrics. A heart surgeon has also just agreed to set up angiogram equipment.
The energetic fund-raising of our colleagues in Roundhay Rotary Club has paid for a new IT centre with 30 networked computers, visual aids and internet access. The pupils can now participate in State IT exams and will acquire life and employment-related skills which do not require good hearing and speech, and will help level the playing field for them in their future lives. As a bonus, the facilities can also be used in the evenings by the 80 student nurses Sylvia is training in her adjacent Nursing College.
And of course there was news of Monty the Bull who remains in fine fettle. As she goes down to feed the cows each evening he greets her with a friendly bellow. Everyone else lives in fear of him but at the end of her round she says hello to Monty and he eats out of her hand. Accompanying Sylvia was Tony Allison, Chairman of The Sylvia Wright Trust.