The TNF Bay Area 2023 5k walkathon was so much fun and a great success! The event was at Quarry Lakes Park, Fremont, CA, on the morning of Saturday, April 1st, and yet no one was fooled 🙂 It was the perfect ‘do good, feel good’ event, with sunny yet cool weather and stunning views of lakes and hills all throughout the walk.
$7000 (and counting) was raised to support the Bay Area-supported government schools in Chennai, and their nutrition program. Our sincere thanks and appreciation to all walkers, donors, supporters, and volunteers of the event, and a special thank you to
Event sponsors: Mani Krishnan – Shastha Foods, Usha Chandra, Prema Subramaniam – Compass Real Estate, Andy Nallappan, Noodlist – Plant Based Noodles, Raj and Usha Natarajan, Jambu Palaniappan, Meera Iyer – IyerWaltz Real Estate, and our food sponsors Achi Appakadai and Anandha Bhavan.
TNF’s presence in the San Francisco Bay area is closely associated with its contributions to the Tamil and Tamil community in the area and dates back to the 1980s. TNF started raising funds through cultural programs in the San Jose area since 1998, under the leadership of Dr. Ramamurthy.
TNF was the first Tamil organization involved in establishing Tamil schools in the Bay area. The first Tamil schools in the area were started in 1997 in Cupertino and Fremont and named as TNF Tamil Schools. This was a significant step towards the success of teaching the Tamil language to young children with parent volunteers support. The schools subsequently evolved under the California Tamil Academy (CTA). CTA now has 6 schools in the Bay Area and 21 affiliated schools throughout the U.S with 2500+ children benefiting from Bay Area alone. TNF also played a key role in raising funds for the Tamil Chair at University of California, Berkeley.
The Bay Area (San Francisco) chapter was revived in 2017. The chapter has adopted Chennai District and started the ABC Initiative in the following schools in 2019.
Eight students from the Bay Area have attended the TNF Summer Internship Program in teh last three years.
Projects by Bay Area Interns:
TNF launched the ABC project in eight schools in Sivaganga district. The project has transformed the schools, and the students, for better, in many ways. Read More