Waugh to start school for the blind in Kolkata

Published: Tuesday, June 1, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Barrackpore :After lending invaluable support to 'Udayan', the home for children of leprosy patients in Barrackpore, former Aussie skipper Steve Waugh has now decided to set up a school for the blind in Kolkata as part of the welfare ventures of his 'Steve Waugh Foundation'.

''I have planned to take up a project for setting up a school for the blind in Kolkata which will house about 80 children. That is my next project in India,'' said Waugh, who visited 'Udayan' during his visit to Kolkata.

The ex-skipper, spending a busy schedule after his recent retirement from cricket, said he was working on the setting up of his foundation in Australia and India.

''I am planning to set up Steve Waugh Foundation in Australia. A similar project will be taken up in India,'' he said.

The blind school project, he said, would be the first welfare venture of his foundation in the country.

While refusing to divulge financial details of the project, the ex-skipper said he would seek involvement of corporates in the project.

Waugh also pledged his ''lifelong association'' with the little inmates of Udayan, who gave a hearty welcome to their dear 'Steveda' this afternoon on his first post-retirement visit to the home.

Waugh later spent a couple of hours at the home - about 35 km from Kolkata - where he had helped to set up a girls wing and showered the inmates with love and gifts during several comebacks over the years.

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