Sangareddy: With an aim to helping the poor and needy, employees of Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL), Bhanur, founded the Winners Foundation in 2012, and since then they have donated Rs 24 lakh.
From supporting rural children who excelled in studies to extending help to mountaineers, martyrs of Telangana movement, fluorosis victims, the foundation has reached out to people in need in past seven years across erstwhile Medak district and neighbouring Ranga Reddy district.
A senior manager, M Venkatrami Reddy, took the initiative in 2002 to encourage welfare activity. With an intention to set up a library on the premises of BDL by forming Winners Club, Reddy collected donations to buy books and study material for schoolchildren and college students of employees.
For the first couple of years, the Club restricted its work to the welfare of employees and their children. Reddy and his colleagues came up with the idea of helping outsiders in 2004 by placing a hundi named as ‘Samparpana’, where employees would drop donations like they would do in temples to help the needy.
In the first year, they collected just Rs 7,000, which they donated to a bridge school run by MV foundation for children of migrant labourers at Alur. In 2008, the Club collected Rs 6 lakh.
Following the advice of S Narayanan, General Manager, BDL, they got Winners Foundation registered in 2012 and since then the foundation members have contributed over Rs 24 lakh. Recently, Winners Foundation donated Rs 2 lakh to mountaineer, G Tirupathi Reddy, for his expedition to the Mt Everest.
Instead of giving money, Arikepudi Ragu, the current president of Winners Foundation, said they would buy things for people in need to see that the efforts go in the right direction.
Speaking to ‘Telangana Today’, Raghu said they identify people in need across rural parts of Medak and Ranga Reddy districts by tracking newspaper articles and also through reliable friends, who had been doing social work.
Apart from this, Winners Foundation sends food grains, clothes and other essentials to victims of floods and cyclone, besides conducting time-to-time blood donation camps.
With an aim to encourage government school students, Winners Foundation organised motivational programmes at 85 schools reaching out to 3,000 students with an aim to guide them choose a better path in life.
They have also been helping homes with orphans, HIV positive patients, destitutes, elderly and others. Joining hands with BDL, Kanchanbagh employees, the BDL Bhanur employees presented Rs 5 lakh to 32 Telangana Martyr families.