India’s progress in leprosy eradication efforts has been spectacular and the participatory work by governmental and voluntary agencies is laudable, observed Lt. Gen. Ajai Barnabas Masih, UYSM in Mumbai on Wednesday. We are happy that the cherished dream of the Father of our nation for leprosy elimination has come true, he added. Lt.. General (Retd) Ajai Barnabas Masih was speaking as the Chief Guest of Indian Development Foundation’s (IDF) Foundation Day Function at Master Dinanath Mangeshkar Hall on 25th August 2010. He gave away IDF Grants to leprosy/ TB hospitals and projects in western region.
The Chief Guest also presented Awards to 27 Principals of Schools in Western zone with star performance record of leprosy awareness programmes and resource mobilisation and awarded Medals and certificates to 199 students for their signal contribution.
Prestigious MOTHER TERESA MEMORIAL AWARD 2009-10 was presented to R.B.K. School, Mira Road, for outstanding resource mobilisation for leprosy/ TB work in western zone. IDF SOCIAL ACTION AWARDS 2009-10 were presented to 23 Principals and 18 Teachers for their excellent Social Responsibility during 2009-10.
IDF Dynamic Supporter Award was presented to Wg. Cdr. S. Balasubramanian Vr.C., while IDF Social Ambassador was presented to Mrs. Neeta Kirit Sanghvi and Mr. Anil Shivdasan.
IDF CSR Awards for 2009-10 were presented to Bank of America, Educomp Solutions Ltd. and Halliburton for their excellent participation in social responsibility programmes of IDF.
Mr. Huzaifa Khorakiwala, CEO, Wockhardt Foundation and Dr. Vandana Lulla, Director, Podar International School were the Guests of Honour for 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.
Dr. A.R.K. Pillai, founder President of the Foundation presided over the function.
Wisdom Band added symphony to the entire programme while students of Vivek Vidyalaya, Goregaon (W) rendered the invocation prayer. NSS Volunteers from Vivek College of Commerce co-ordinated the event.