Friday, September 28, 2007


IDF committed to develop India

India’s progress in leprosy eradication efforts has been spectacular and the participatory work by governmental and voluntary agencies is laudable, observed Dr. Moos in Mumbai on Friday. We are happy that the cherished dream of the Father of our nation for leprosy elimination has come true, she added.

Dr. (Mrs.) Meher Master Moos, President, Zoroastrian College was speaking as the Chief Guest of Indian Development Foundation’s (IDF) 23rd Foundation Day Function at Master Dinanath Mangeshkar Hall on 28th September 2007. She gave away IDF Grants to leprosy/ TB hospitals and projects in western region. IDF has earmarked Grants totaling Rs.46 lakhs to 83 health/ development projects all over India during the year. IDF Grants Release Function is an annual feature of Indian Development Foundation to share its resources with leprosy/ TB projects and promote self-reliance. Dr. Moos presented Awards to 28 Principals of Schools in Western zone with star performance record of leprosy awareness programmes and resource mobilisation and awarded Medals and certificates to 142 students for their signal contribution.

Prestigious Mother Teresa Memorial Award 2006-07 was presented to NEW HORIZON PUBLIC SCHOOL, Airoli, Navi Mumbai for outstanding health awareness, resource mobilisation and humanitarian service in the areas of leprosy/ TB work in Western India during 2006-07. The Schoolteam from New Horizon Public School headed by the Principal Mrs. Bulbul Sengupta and Vice Principal Mrs. Jyoti Nair received the Mother Teresa Memorial Award.

SOCIAL ACTION AWARDS 2006-07 were presented to Principals and Teachers from Western India for their excellent Social Responsibility during 2006-07.

Dr. A. R. K. Pillai, President, Indian Development Foundation who presided over the function said the government and voluntary agencies worked hand in hand with admirable co-operation to achieve spectacular results by bringing down the number of leprosy patients in India from forty lakhs in 1982 to less than one lakh to the end of March 2007. Dr.Pillai thanked the public for their understanding and continued support. Sharing resources and serving others give greater joy and this will be the gospel for the future, Dr. Pillai added.

Dr. Vandana Lulla, Director, Podar World School and Dr.Dinesh Jain, Medical Co-ordinator, German Leprosy & TB Relief Association were Guests of Honour at the function. They complimented Indian Development Foundation’s role in India’s fight against leprosy/TB and for widening its activities to include health care, education and development.

New Horizon Public School, Airoli topped the list in resource mobilisation for leprosy/ TB while the second and third places went to Podar International School, Santacruz and Snehavardhak Mandal's Shaikshanik Trust, Talegaon respectively. Nitin N. Nair from Bal Vikas Vidyalaya, Talegaon topped the list of students in resource mobilisation for leprosy/ TB work while Smrthi Karthik and Vishwa S. Gangan from DAV International School, Mulund got second and third positions respectively.

People from all walks of life attended the well organised function. Earlier Dr. C.N.N.Nair, Trustee and Secretary of the Foundation welcomed and introduced the VIPs, while Dr. Sharad Nayampally, IDF Social Ambassador proposed a vote of thanks. Dr. Narayan B. Iyer, Co-ordinator, IDF compered at the function.

Students of G.M.E.S. High School, Vile Parle and St. Catherine's High School, Andheri (W) rendered the invocation prayer and national anthem.

For Public Relations Division, IDF

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