Beverage major Coca-Cola India, in association with NGO partner Plan India, dedicated the Nallagutta School in Ranigunj, Secunderabad, revitalised under the company's Support My School campaign.
"Pledges of over Rs. 13.5 crore were raised for revitalization work under the second leg of the campaign, which was officially kicked off in August 2012. Campaign partner Plan India provided the contributions to restore and revamp the Nallagutta School," the company said in a statement.
The school was dedicated to the children and community of Ranigunj by Irial Finan, Executive Vice President, The Coca-Cola Company, and President of Bottling Investments and Supply Chain along with senior government functionaries and dignitaries including Mukesh Kumar Meena, IAS, District Collector & Magistrate, Hyderabad and B. Janardhan Reddy, Commissioner and Director, Muncipal Administration, Hyderabad.
Enthused by the progress made by the initiative, iconic cricketer and Campaign Ambassador Sachin Tendulkar said, "I'd like to congratulate Coca-Cola on this endeavour. We completed Season 1 on a high mark with a century of schools revitalized under the initiative. As the campaign moves into the completion of Season 2, I am keenly looking forward to achieving the 200 mark! All the campaign partners have worked hard to reach this landmark."
"I hope these revitalized schools will act as an example for relevant authorities to come forth and replicate, towards creating a renewed education landscape for the children of our country," he said.
Launched in January 2011, the Support My School campaign aims to create happy and healthy learning environments for students across rural and semi-urban India by providing schools with basic amenities such as access to water and proper toilets for girls and boys. Over 43,000 students across 10 states were impacted over Season 1 of the campaign.
Speaking about the project, Irial Finan, Executive Vice President, The Coca-Cola Company, and President of Bottling Investments said, "India provides a great example of the way business will partner with communities going forward. In order to grow sustainably, we must first ensure the communities in which we do business are on solid footing and that we are making investments in the future of those communities and its people."
"The Support My School campaign has been a shining star in Coca-Cola India's efforts to support sustainable growth. Our system is proud to be a partner and it is gratifying to be here today and witness how our collaboration with the community and governmental partners are making a difference in the lives of these students. Assisting 200 schools is a great achievement and we remain ready to continue to assist many other students across this great country," Finan said.
Bhagyashri Dengle, Executive Director, Plan India said, "Plan India has always partnered with causes which enable children to exercise their right to education, irrespective of their social background. Our journey with Support My School has been very exciting and we are proud to be part of this dedication today. As Season 2 moves towards completing 200 schools, we look forward to creating more of such life-impacting change for the children of the country."