Muscat Mar Gregorios launches Save A Life charity project for cardiac patients
Project aims to save 40 kids by providing financial aid as the church marks 40th years in Muscat
MUSCAT: Mar Gregorios Orthodox Maha Edavaka Muscat has extended its much philanthropic project to the next level.
On Thursday, it launched ‘Save A Life charity’ project for heart ailments. During the previous years, the charity projects, called Thanal related to building homes, arranging marriages for the poorest of the poor in Kerala and others.
Addressing a media conference, Fr James Geevarghese,Vicar/President said coinciding with the church completing 40 years of its presence in Muscat in 2011, the special charity under “Thanal” has been named “Save A Life”.
“The aim is to save lives of up to 40 poor children who have heart ailments by providing financial assistance for their heart surgery although our assistance will extend also to those up to 60 years of age. Apart from meeting the spiritual needs of its members, the Church had responded to calls for help in times of natural calamities and also has been active in charity which is beneficial to its members and other communities in the Sultanate of Oman and in India,” explained Fr James.
This week, Fr James Geevarghese, will be in Kerala to launch the project with a road show and to create an awareness of the project by holding a press conference at the Pathanamthitta Press Club.
Abraham Mathew, Trustee and Biju Parumala, Secretary/Convener who also addressed the conference said the Church was supported by its benevolent members who are keen to help those who are financially weak and face the stark realities of life. “We have a general charity under which we extend help for marriage, medical care and for higher or professional education. During the last six years, we also have embarked on a special charity under the banner “Thanal” and have provided homes for the homeless, arranged marriages of several poor girls and offered assistance for self-employment which were also beneficial to non-Christians,” they pointed out.
The project will be implemented in association with the St Gregorios Cardio-Vascular Centre (Training and Research) , International Centre for Cardio Thoracic and Vascular Diseases, functioning from St Gregorios Mission Hospital, Parumala, Kerala. The Centre is supported by Frontier Lifeline and promoted by Padmashree Dr K M Cherian, a most respected and reputed cardiac surgeon known internationally.
Awareness camps and medical camps across Kerala will be held in association with the Parumala-based St Gregorios Cardio-Vascular Centre.
Mar Gregorios Orthodox Maha Edavaka Muscat, previously known as the Mar Gregorios Orthodox Church, Muscat, was formed as a parish in Muscat in 1972 now enters its 40th year. The Church falls under the newly-formed Ahmedabad Diocese headed by Dr Pulikkottil Geevarghese Mar Yulios as the Metropolitan head.