KERALA

Reaching out to children

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM. April 24. The home care division of CarePlus, a voluntary organisation working among patients of the palliative care ward of the Regional Cancer Centre, here, organised a get-together of children who had lost one, or both parents to cancer.

A press note issued here today said the programme, `Snehasparsam', was organised at the JMM Study Centre, Mannanthala, to offer assistance to such children for their education.

The programme also aims to bring such children into the mainstream of society by instilling in them a feeling of being wanted. Several children from economically backward families have, with help from CarePlus, been able to get top ranks in public examinations and gain admission to professional courses, the release said.

Inagurating `Snehasparsam', the Mar Thoma Bishop, Mar Theodosius, stressed the need to spread love and compassion among all sections of society.

In his presidential address, the Director of the RCC, B. Rajan, said that in Kerala, over 30,000 people were affected by cancer and almost 15,000 of them were provided treatment by the RCC.

Over 1,50,000 people are given follow up treatment by the centre. It is extremely difficult for the RCC to do justice to all the needs of its patients; the services of voluntary organisations are very vital in this matter, he said.

Cash awards were given away to the toppers in various examinations and educational aids were distributed to the 60 students who attended the function.

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