Jan 15 : Hair loss during chemotherapy or radiation is the most physical apparent sign of cancer disease. The Mangalore Diocesan Developmental NGO – CODP runs “SPARSHA” – Campaign against Cancer by creating awareness on this dreaded disease.
On 12th January 2021, CODP organized a drive called “Hair Donation”, aiming to help the poor patients with free wigs, in collaboration with “Hair Bank” Thrissur.
Fr. Vincent Dsouza, Designate Director CODP said donating hair is a noble act of charity. He welcomed the gathering and appreciated the hair donors for taking this initiative and showing a kind gesture towards the cancer patients.
Fr. Oswald Monteiro, Director CODP spoke of the sufferings faced by cancer patients during the course of treatment. Having cancer is bad enough, but being robbed of dignity and self-esteem is even worse. He congratulated all the hair donors saying they are bringing a smile back on the face of poor patients. He wished many more would be motivated to do this noble cause, by this noble activity.
Two young child donors viz, Viola Nia Lobo studying in first standard and Jazlin Mishal D’lima studying in fourth standard willingly donated their beautiful long hair for the cause.
Seven students studying in various colleges of Mangaluru viz, Ms. Alrine Clevita D’costa, Ms. Sharel Vinitha Menezes, Ms. Sharitha Menezes, Ms. Shrada S Bhat, Ms. Zeena Wilma Concessao, Ms. Rosmy M Shaji, Ms. Mohitha T Bhandary donated 12 inches hair. All hair donors were very glad to have got the chance to donate their hair. As a token of gratitude all the hair donors were honored with a memento by Fr. Oswald Monteiro.
Three more hair donors viz, Ms Riya D’Mello, Ms Icchaa Sujir donated 12 inches hair and Mrs Abigail donated 20 inches hair for this good cause on 14.01.2021.
Those who were present for this program not only appreciated this activity of CODP, but were also inspired to donate their hair.
Ms. Shilpa Dsouza Coordinator of Sparsha compered the programme. Ms. Pushpaveni proposed the vote of thanks.
45 participants attended the programme.