Dr. Bharat Barai, leading oncologist - Mr. Kanti S. Patel, Chairman, Gujurat Cultural Association - Mr. Dinesh Gandhi, Vice President, National Republic Bank - Mr. Sunny Gabhawala, Chairman FIA, Director at Large, AAHO and Mr. Chandresh Brahmbhatt, Regional Director, AAHOA & Motliers appreciated the work of Dr. Pillai and his team and felt happy for the launch of "Hope on the Horizon" in America. They exhorted the members and friends to buy the book and support IDF social programmes.
Chronicling the events that led to successful target of leprosy elimination in India by 2005, Dr Pillai said that creative awareness programmes with good medical campaigns and firm will earned India prime success in eliminating the centuries old leprosy disease. From 4 million leprosy cases during 1982, the case load had come down to 60,000 in 2005. IDF has current focus on health care, education for the deprived and rural development. It has linkage with nearly 100 hospitals, set-up 22 Gurukuls (free schools for the poor) and spearheads rural development.IDF is a self-reliant NGO with 27 years of excellent track record in public service.
The IDF team headed by Dr Pillai, Dr. Narayan Iyer, CEO and Dr S.Franklin, Manager Southern India showcased the highlights of their work and sought participation of the Indian community in US for empowering developmental programmes in India.
Dr. Pillai inducted 11 IDF Social Ambassadors - Mr. Kanti S. Patel, Mr. Kanti N. Patel, Mr.John Trivedi, Mr. Girish Patel, Mr. Anil Thakkar, Mr. Kiran Shah, Mrs. Queenie Mendonca, Mr. Thomas Poovathur, Mr. Ramesh Gandhi and Mr. Cecil O. Joseph - to prompt social responsibility initatives of IDF in America. Mrs. Ivy Joseph was inducted as IDF International Social Ambassador to co-ordinate overseas social operations and work towards achieving millennium development goals.
Dr. Austin D'souza, Past Director Governor, Lions Club International, Dist I-A, Chicagoland presented the The President of America's Volunteer Service Award to Dr.A.R.K.Pillai for lifelong service to the causes like leprosy, TB and education.
Mr. Cecil O. Joseph spoke on rich social experience and Foundation's commitment in bringing smiles on many lives. This is a great testimony to Dr. Pillai who is my Guru and mentor, Mr. Joseph expressed with a smile. Mr. K. C. Patel, former President and Chairman, Manav Seva Mandir, Chicago presented the certificate to Mr.Cecil Joseph
Earlier Mr. Glenn Joseph invoked blessings while Mr Sam George, Executive Director, Parivar International proposed a vote of thanks.
IDF was all praise for Air India for carriage of its literature to USA. IDF thank all the sponsors for hosting the event in America and promoting the social work among Indo-Americans.
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