Saturday, October 26, 2013

Dr. V. Shanta receives Mother Teresa Award 2013

‘It gives me immense pleasure to receive an Honour in the name of Mother Teresa who set a sterling example for serving the sick and needy. The efforts of Indian Development Foundation in enlisting people’s participation and support for national health and development programs is noteworthy’ observed Dr. V. Shanta,  while receiving the Award from Dr. M.S. Swaminathan at a function organized by Indian Development Foundation at MSSR Foundation, Taramani, Chennai on 25th of October 2013.

Dr. V. Shanta was conferred with the prestigious Mother Teresa Memorial Award for her relentless fight against cancer over 50 years and her signal contribution for the cancer research, care and treatment of cancer patients and the study of the disease & its prevention and control.

Dr. M.S. Swaminathan, Founder Chairman and Chief Mentor of MSSRF paid glowing tributes to Dr. V. Shanta for her great contribution in the area of Cancer Care and treatment, giving the light of hope to millions of people all over the world.

Dr. A.R.K. Pillai, founder President of Indian Development Foundation said that IDF has been working for the improvement of health, education of the deprived children and empowerment of women, belonging to lower economic strata. “In the course of our varied activities in the social field, it has also been our resolve to locate germs of human beings who have outlived the dimensions of normal life and served humanity all through their lives” he added. Dr. Pillai said IDF has been bestowing Mother Teresa Memorial Award on personalities who have been the change-makers of India.  Earlier recipients are Dr. M.S.Swaminathan in 2010, Shri N. R. Narayana Murthy in 2011 and Shri D. R. Mehta (Jaipurfoot) in 2012.

Sri B.S. Raghavan, former Advisor to the UN, Dr. A.P.Jayaraman, Senior Nuclear Scientist and  Dr. Fatima Vasanth, Secretary of Madras School of Social Work also spoke in appreciation of the exemplary services of Dr. V. Shanta and  called her as the Messiah of the masses. IDF student social ambassador Shiloh Jessie Francisca from Rani Seethai Achi School, Chidambaram felicitated the octogenarian and touched many hearts.

Earlier Rtn. E.S. Sumesh, Trustee, of IDF welcomed the dignitaries while Dr. S. Franklin, Chief Executive of IDF proposed vote of thanks. Mrs. Sriranjani Ajay, IDF Social Ambassador, rendered the invocation.  Students from Neela Saraswathi Bal Gurukul gave a musical tribute to Dr. V. Shanta with the famous soul-inspiring Kurai ondrum Illai song.

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