The Rain Gods Helped Us!
Our celebrations for World Palliative Care Day on 9th October 2010 in Trivandrum were a phenomenal success. It was raining cats and dogs for several days – very unusual for this time of the year – and all the weather pundits were predicting continued rain! But, the sky cleared by noon and rain kept off until midnight, giving us lovely weather for the program.
The musicians also gave their best. “Old is Gold“, the troupe led by Padmasree Udayabhanu, included such noted singers as Suseela Devi.P, Srikanth.N, Arundhathi, Kallara Gopan, Bhavana Radhakrishnan, Preetha P.V, Radhakrishnan, Sriram, Ravisankar, Rakesh Brahmanandan and Kavalam Srikumar – all of whom gave their services free. [click here for pictures]
There were several luminaries from the literary and public fields at the program (including the famous poet and environmentalist, Smt Sugathakumari), but the real dignitaries were our patients for whom the musicians performed.
The lilting melodies from the past melted every heart. One of the performers was our own young volunteer, Sarat! The program was jointly organized by Pallium India and Rajeswari Foundation.
The organizing team led by our volunteer Brigadier Oommen John deserve congratulations!
One of the highlights of the World Palliative Care Day celebrations was the recognition given to two of our volunteers: Sri K Sivadasan who is the chief organizer of Nanniyode Palliative Care Centre and the other Mrs Patricia Paul Fernandez (fondly called Lijo by everyone) who provides exemplary care to patients at Murukkumpuzha.
Mr. Sivadasan and Mrs Lijo, we are proud of you!