Liyana Thejus is a class four student of St Francis High School in Aluva.

Kochi girl hands over gold earrings piggy bank savings to CM for flood relief
news Kerala floods Monday, August 26, 2019 - 09:00

A class four student of Kochi, who met Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Sunday to donate her piggy bank savings to the distress relief fund, impulsively took off her gold earring and handed it over to CM. The incident took place when Chief Minister was getting into his car after attending an event in Ernakulam Town Hall.

Liyana Thejus, who waited to meet the CM outside the Town Hall, rushed and donated the money to Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund (CMDRF) she had saved in her piggy bank. It is unclear how much money she donated. Layana, however, decided to go one step further and took off her gold earring that she was wearing and handed it over to Pinarayi Vijayan.

Chief Minister, who wrote about the incident on Facebook said that it was really surprising to see the girl doing this. “The little girl ran towards me while I was about to return after attending the 90th birth anniversary of CPI(M) veteran MM Lawrence. She handed over her piggy bank savings to me. When I was about to leave, she said ‘this too’ and removed the earring that she wore and gave it to me,” wrote Pinarayi Vijayan about the incident.

“No appreciations will be enough for this act of Liyana. It is an experience every day to see children like her and our children are the assets of new Kerala,” he said.

Liyana had similarly donated her savings to CMDRF last year after the floods. Though she wanted to handover the money to Chief Minister directly, it did not happen last time. When she got to know that the CM was coming to city on Sunday, Liyana who is a student of St Francis High School in Aluva, came to Town Hall and waited for him.

The earrings were a gift to Liyana from her maternal family. Liyana is the daughter of Sinimol and film production controller Thankachan.

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