Diocese of Mangalore & CODP disburse Education Aid to Needy Students and Organize Awareness on Cancer
Mangaluru: On 09th October 2020, Dr Peter Paul Saldanha, Bishop of Mangalore Diocese disbursed financial aid to the second batch of needy students. The program was compered by Fr Vincent D’Souza, Designate Director of CODP.
Fr Vincent first welcomed the Bishop and all students, along with their parents who attended the program.
Addressing the gathering, Bishop Peter Paul said that CODP, on behalf of Mangalore Diocese, disburses financial aid to needy students every year. Even though the collection was poor this year, the Diocese has still contributed to this cause. He encouraged the students to read newspapers on a daily basis as this would enhance their knowledge, and moreover through education, one can achieve success.
Ms Shilpa D’Souza, the coordinator of SPARSHA project, took up a session on Cancer awareness. She explained the signs and symptoms of cancer and advised regular check-ups for early detection of the disease. She told the participants to give up tobacco, alcohol and junk food. Ms Shilpa encouraged the participants to consume organic food, and also grow organic vegetables at their kitchen gardens. She suggested consuming Lakshman Phal (Graviola plant) as an anti-oxidant fruit to prevent cancer.
Thereafter, the Bishop disbursed education aid amounting to Rs 2,42,500/- to around 45 applicants. Mr Praveen, Mrs Philomena, Ms Osvita and Ms Veena of CODP assisted in distributing the cheques and vouchers to the needy students.