We Are The World Blogfest is here with its 26th edition, and my 16th post on #WATWB to spread peace, kindness, and humanity on social media, a few of us have worked together to create the We Are The World Blogfest. In a world where news and social media are awash with negativity, we aim to turn the focus to small but significant stories that renew our faith in humanity.
Giving Wings To The Villagers’ Dreams
We all have a dream of flying high in an aircraft. And that may be frequent flies for many of us. But what about the dream of flying high by age-old village senior citizens? Might be a dream always!
“All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them”
All that villagers’ dreams came true on last February two businessmen. The senior citizens boarded their first flight, to Chennai from Coimbatore, thanks to M Ravikumar and his friend, who made their dream come true.
M Ravikumar, a successful textile businessman hailing from Devarayampalauam, a small village near Avinashi. He and his friend pooled in Rs 4 lakh each and booked flight tickets from Coimbatore to Chennai for 120 senior citizens of Devarayanapalayam village in Tamil Nadu.
Ravikumar actually wanted to take his mother in a flight to Chennai. Then he thought why not the other senior citizens also? Without a second thought, he made that a reality for those 120 villagers. Among the 120 members, most were women who had worked in the textile industry. On the way back to the village by bus, the senior citizens were also taken to many temples and a mosque at Kancheepuram, Tiruvannamalai, and Vellore. The oldest in the group is 103-year-old N Kuppathal.
It wasn’t easy though for the 44-year-old Ravi to take such a large group for sightseeing. It took him five years of planning and money-saving. He also took help from one of his uncles, working at the airport, to apply for senior citizen concession for at least 20 people. The entire trip cost him Rs four lakh but every penny of it was worth it.
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