MANAGALURU, NOV 19: Canara Organization for Development and Peace® (CODP), Mangaluru and Caritas India in collaboration with St Thomas School, Alangar, Pragathi Mahasangha, Moodbidri, Fr Mullers Homeopathic College & Hospital, Deralakatte and Lions Club, Valencia, Mangaluru jointly inaugurated the eco-friendly bench and observed National Cancer Awareness Day & Health Camp through SPARSHA Campaign against Cancer on November 11, 2021 at Alangar school premises.
The program began by invoking God’s blessing through a prayer song led by the school choir team. Mr Antony Nazareth, staff of CODP welcomed the gathering.
Ms Slviya D Sa H.M of St Thomas English Medium School Alangar, Dr Anusha Gowtham, Assistant Professor Dept of Community medicine Fr Muller Homeopathic Hospital Deralakatte, Mr Leslie D Souza President Lions Club Valencia Mangaluru, Sr Linus Rodrigues, Convent Superior, Alangar and Ms Lydia Moras were present in the dais.
Fr Rakesh, Director, Nithyadar Nivas, Alangar inaugurated the eco-friendly bench and addressed the gathering. He said, “Environment is very important for us to live and it is our prime duty to protect all our natural resources rather than polluting the environment.” He also congratulated the SHG members of CODP for stuffing the plastic waste into the bottles and for constructing an eco friendly bench in the school campus.
Ms Lydia Moras, Coordinator WEP said, “Plastic waste must be reduced. This is the need of the hour. Throwing and burning plastics should be reduced because it causes harm to the environment, hence there will be imbalance in the eco system.”
Dr Anusha Gowtham said that the rising of cancer cases every year in the country is highly alarming. She also suggested the participants to grow and consume organic food e.g. fruits and vegetables in their own kitchen garden so that they can remain healthy. Exercise such as yoga, brisk walking and jogging can help us to stay fit. She told the students to avoid mainly junk food, as it results in cancer.
A general health camp was organized followed by the awareness talk. Tests done during health camp were GRBS, BP and Hemoglobin. Total number of participants benefited by the health camp were 57.
Ms Shilpa, SPARSHA Coordinator compered the program and proposed the vote of thanks.
150 participants attended the awareness talk.