The World Anti-Leprosy Day Reach out programme was jointly organized by Indian Development Foundation (I.D.F) and Coonoor Grace Charitable Trust (C.G.C.T) at St. John's Church Parish Hall on 29th Jan, 2014. The programme started off with a Prayer Song by Mrs. Bullmore’s Mat. School, Coonoor followed by the lighting of the lamp by the Guests and a Prayer by Rev. Arul Raj of St. John’s Church, Coonoor. Mr. D. Mano Ranjit Lad, D.E. of Indian Development Foundation, spoke on the Vision and Mission of I.D.F.
Later, Rev. Fr. Leon Prabhakaran, Parish Priest of Sagayamatha Church, Coonoor addressed, while speaking on this occasion he said that both I.D.F. and C.G.C.T. have done a wonderful job helping the sick and the needy. He also said that mankind is manhandling human beings, such programmes will help us to think about our own way of life. He also quoted about the service of Mother Teresa to the poor and the needy.
He concluded the session by appreciating the good work by both the N.G.Os. Dr. K. Srinivasan Pothi, Medical Officer, FPAI, Nilgiris Branch spoke on the occasion and said that both the N.G.Os have taken good efforts in organizing the program, he also appreciated the good work and gave a detailed note about their work in Nilgiris.
The Chief Guest, Mr. K. Laxmanan, District Educational Officer addressed the gathering, while speaking he said that both the N.G.Os have set a good example for one and all to serve the sick and the needy people. Since the students were also present, he encouraged them saying that, you may have several skills, to become a Doctor, Engineer, Teacher, etc., but you should remember, above all this, you should never forget to love your neighbor and serve the mankind.
Speaking on this occasion, Mr. Laxmanan also said he was overwhelmed with joy in participating in such programmes. Later the guests distributed blankets and gifts like towel, plate, glass, soap and biscuits for more than 100 poor Leprosy/AIDS, TB and physically challenged patients. Lunch was sponsored by Mr. Ram from Coonoor for all the patients. Earlier, Mr. D. Mano Ranjit Lad, D.E., I.D.F. welcomed the gathering and Mr. Gibson C.G.C.T. proposed the vote of thanks.
The function concluded with at National Anthem by the students of Mrs. Bullmore’s Mat. School, Coonoor. In the afternoon, there was health camp for the Leprosy patients, at Y.M.C.A. hall, Coonoor, during which medicines and M.C.R. chappals were also distributed to them.