MUSCAT: Muscat Mar Gregorios Orthodox Maha Edavaka has launched its popular Thanal Project (“Care for Life”) for 2012-13 in aid of cancer patients.
On June 1, Friday, it launched the ‘Care for Life’ project at the Ruwi St Thomas Church in the presence of Fr Joji George, Vicar, Fr Binu John Thomas, Associate Vicar, members of the managing committee and parishioners.
The highlight of the event was an enlightening short talk on cancer and how best it can be prevented by Dr Rajan Balakishnan, Senior Consultant and Head, Radiation Oncology section, The Royal Hospital, Sultanate of Oman. Dr Rajan who has done pioneering work with Regional Cancer Centre, Thiruvananthapuram, pointed out that the disease, if diagnosed during early stages was curable. He said breast cancer and brain malignancy were the most common cancers. “The notion that treating cancer was very expensive was wrong and said that it was both expensive and less expensive depending on the intensity of the disease,” Dr Rajan said adding that controlling diet, weight and exercising regularly would go a long way in warding off such dreadful diseases.
He praised the initiative of the Maha Edavaka towards taking up the noble cause of cancer patients and wished all success to the project. Dr Rajan also thanked Dr Prakash Ninan, Co-Trustee, for providing him an opportunity to come over and present the short talk to the parishioners.
Earlier, Fr Joji George, in his address said there were over 300 different known varieties of cancer and called upon all to approach cancer patients in a way of palliative care which aims to reduce the physical, emotional and psycho social distress.
Fr Joji requested the members to contribute generously towards this noble cause and make it a grand success. He said the aid will be earmarked for genuine cancer cases irrespective of caste or creed and those with supporting documents checked by medical authorities will receive priority.
Senior member, Geevarghese Yohannan, made the maiden contribution to the project and passed on the cheque to the Vicar, Fr Joji George. He also magnanimously volunteered to sponsor three patients towards the project.
Dr Prakash Ninan, Co-Trustee and John Thomas (Santhosh), Secretary were also present.
Those willing to participate in the project can do so by:
Upholding the Cancer “Care for Life” project in your daily prayers.
Sponsor one patient by donating Rs 75,000,
Part-sponsor of single patient by donating Rs 50,000 or
Generously contributing any amount towards the project During 2011-12, the special charity under “Thanal” was named “Save A Life” and the project helped poor children with heart ailments by providing financial assistance for their heart surgery. The project was a resounding success with surgery performed for children beyond the targeted limits.
Over the years, the scheme had also extended aid for marriage, provided home for the homeless, arranged marriages of several poor girls and offered assistance for self-employment which were also beneficial to non-Christians.
Last year, the project was 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.
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