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DB College Mannuthy sets a trend in reaching out to the terminally Ill

By Br. Bibin Kunnakkattu sdb  - 1 Comments
On Left, the donation of the two cheques; and on Right, planting of the cancer-resistant sapling Lakshmitharu.
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Bangalore, Mar. 12. Don Bosco College, Mannuthy, in Kerala, has become a trendsetter raising a sum of Rs 4,00,000 and donating it to the Pain and Palliative Care Society, Thrissur for the treatment and care of terminally ill patients.
Each and every member of the 640 strong student community of Don Bosco College played a decisive role in the collection of this substantial amount. All the students moved around in their neighborhood with coupons printed specifically for this purpose, and requesting assistance of the local people for the cause of patients who have been declared terminally ill and hence on the verge of death.

The public of Thrissur town responded with overwhelming generosity to the sincere and painstaking appeal of the young people.

The fund-raising was also combined with an inter-collegiate programme entitled 'Ad Astra 2k15'. The  programme 'Ad Astra', which in Latin means 'to the stars', had the motto ''A jaunt into learning and sharing''.

'Ad Astra 2k15' witnessed a great flow of students from various colleges of Kerala participating in various learning and entertainment activities in the disciplines of IT, Commerce and Management. It was a springboard for disseminating the message of learning and sharing to the student communities of the colleges which participated in the event.

The proceeds of 'Ad Astra 2k15' were passed over to the Pain and Palliative Care Society in two installments: the first installment of Rs 3,00,000 was handed over by Dr. K.S. Radhakrishnan, Chairman, PSC, Kerala, on 13 February, during the Decennial Celebrations of the College, and the second amount of Rs 1,00,000 was given by Dr Koshy Abraham, Associate Dean, College of Horticulture, Agricultural University, Vellanikkara, Thrissur, on 6 March.

On the same occasion, there was also the planting of the cancer-resistant tree 'Lakshmitharu' in the college campus.

Touched by the overflowing magnanimity of the young students of the college, the Secretary of the Pain and Palliative Care Society  responded voicing the profound gratitude and appreciation of the volunteers and patients at the society in the following words: ''It is the first time in the history of our Society, that we get this much genuine and sincere attention and involvement from the students, staff and management of an educational institution.''

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ADUKANIL Matthew India
March 13, 2015

Congrats to Don Bosco College on the laudable initiative on behalf of the sick. A refreshing oasis in a desert of violence and rage in society.

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