Mangalore, May 14: The new blocks of AbhayaAshraya, home for elderly and destitute, at Kodialbail here will be inaugurated on May 19.
Founder of Abhaya Ashraya Bekal Lingappayya will be honoured with ‘Abhayashri’ Award posthumously. Manipal university chancellor Ramdas M Pai and former Lokayukta N Santhosh Hegde will also be honoured with the same award. Sri Samsthana Gokarna Mutt, Goa seer Sri Vidyadhiraja Theertha Swami will bless the occasion.
Ashraya honourary secretary Shreenath Hegde said that the dining and kitchen block for the home was donated by Mangalore Refineries and Petrochemicals Ltd, First floor of the home was donated by banks, second floor by Kumbla Ramdas Rangappa Nayak Memorial Trust and Shathayushi Dampathi Mantapa by donors in memory of Badagabettu Subbayya Hegde, he said.
“Abhaya Ashraya, which was founded by Bekal Lingappayya in 1972 for four old people in rented premises, is now home of about 200 homeless. The home spends about Rs 3 lakh only for the medical expenses of its inmates. It will be of great help for the home if people sponsor food for inmates during wedding, birthday or any other occasions,” he added.