RDM is a wonderful charity to support because it is small and sustainable – it has been working in the same village, run for and by local people, for over 35 years. It is a recognised provider of welfare and training programmes supported by the Indian government.

Unlike larger charities which have significant administration costs, every penny raised in the UK is sent straight to RDM in India by the treasurer of RDM Parakkanvilai Fund.

If you have recently held a fundraising event, we would love to hear from you! Please contact us and send us your story and a photo to include in our annual newsletter or on our news page.

Some recent fundraising events for RDM include …

Indian Evening

A colourful evening with music, Indian classical dance, a talk about RDM, and delicious South Indian Curry – yum!

Dragon Boat Race


Dragon Boat festivals take place all over the UK. Community groups can club together to form a boat crew and then get sponsorship to take part in races against other boats. Beginner friendly and a brilliant day out for rowers and supporters. Fancy dress encouraged but not essential.


St Lawrence’s Church in Kent raised over £900 for RDM at a Dragon Boat race, and had a huge amount of splashy fund in the process!

Harvest Festival

Churches which celebrate Harvest Festival take RDM as the focus for the service to connect with themes such as generosity, sustainability and our global community. The collection offering can be sent to RDM.

How we can help

The Friends of RDM is a group of supporters in the UK who have visited RDM in India. We are keen to support fundraising events by supplying speakers and publicity materials. We may even be able to put you in touch with cooks who can provide delicious South Indian curry! Please contact us in plenty of time before your event.

The founder of RDM, Dr Israel Selvanayagam, is a Methodist Minister in the UK and is keen to speak at events or preach in churches about RDM. Other Friends of RDM live in various places around the UK so we may be able to provide a speaker for your event to share personal experience and stories about RDM.

We have some publicity materials, including RDM postcards, posters and gift aid envelopes. Please get in touch with plenty of time so we can make sure your materials arrive in good time for your fundraising event.

Why not order some beautiful, handmade sari bunting for some extra-special decoration at your event?

RDM Friends 2017