Kolkata, Apr 20 (IBNS): As a mark of social responsibility, Calcutta Tea Traders Association (CTTA) on its 125th years organised a Charity Tea Auction in presence of West Bengal governor MK Narayanan to raise fund in aid of Vaani, a five-year old foundation for deaf children, at Nilhat House here on Monday.
“I feel utmost pleasure to be here,” said Narayanan, as he was felicitated by members of the CTTA.
Subscribing to the view of CTTA chairman Sangeeta Kichlu –normal people are unable to comprehend the difficulty and distress of the those who are afflicted with the invisible disability—deafness, the chief guest appealed to everyone present to contribute to the social cause with a ‘big heart and deep pocket’.
Setting aside philosophers’ definition of happiness the governor told the gathering, “I am pleased to see that CTTA have found happiness in contributing to such a noble cause.”
It was also expected by everyone present-buyers, sellers, auctioneers and guests- that the occasion would encourage others to shell out a few extra bucks for social cause.
Narayanan humoured that as a child he dreamt to be a civil servant, but on Monday he was rendered the status of a hammer- wielding auctioneer.
Addressing the assembly, the governor jokingly said, “I have been a tea-totaler throughout, but let’s see for how long I will be able to remain so.”
Narayanan, on a request from the first auctioneer, banged the hammer and sold the first bid at Rs. 500 to Hindustan Unilever.
With all the auctioning over, the total bid came to a hefty Rs. 25.69 lakh.
Among others present at the bidding were vice chairman, CTTA L N Gupta, Brinda Krishna etc.
But strangely no representative from the Vaani was to be seen or heard at the venue.