Student Initiative in Palliative Care (SIPC) Trivandrum is a very enthusiastic, energetic group of youngsters, who are always at the forefront, to volunteer, help others, and spread the message of palliative care. In connection with this year’s World Hospice & Palliative Care Day, they organized an entire line-up of activities from October 1 to October 11, to engage students and improve awareness, including a video titled “Candle of Hope”, Quiz competition and Caption writing contest, culminating in a virtual Talent Fest and get-together on October 11, 2020.
Dr M. R. Rajagopal inaugurated the Talent Fest, and Pallium India’s Chief Executive Officer G S Manoj addressed the gathering. Pallium India trustee Ashla Rani, Kerala University NSS programme officer Dr A. Shaji, Thiruvananthapuram district NSS programme officer Dr Anzer R N, NSS National level trainer Shri Brahma Nayakam Mahadevan and Pallium India’s advocacy manager Babu Abraham spoke on the occasion. Students added colour to the program with songs, dances, mimicry, skits, playing of musical instruments, etc.
SIPC is a part of SANS-Pain (Students Against Needless Suffering and Pain) project of Pallium India wherein we engage students at college and high school levels, with the aim of developing a better, socially responsible community. We had submitted a proposal to Kerala Highter Education Department. Accordingly, numerous organizations and colleges came forward; palliative care clubs have been established in these colleges using National Service Scheme (NSS) as a platform. Kerala University and Kalam Technological University have already conducted training programs for students. Along with these trained student volunteers, Pallium India is doing many activities in the community to bring changes in people’s life.
Our gratitude and special appreciation to all co-ordinators of the SIPC events, especially Aboobacker Siddique (Community organizer Pallium India) and Rajalakshmi (Senior Manager, Virtual Training, Pallium India).