Chennai: Eminent speakers lauded the services rendered by Jeevodaya Hospice for Cancer Patients, a charitable and non-profit organisation for its services to poor and abandoned cancer patients irrespective of their social status at its silver jubilee function at The Music Academy here on Friday. They also emphasised the need for more such institutions to serve people in current times where even the wealthy did not have anybody to care for them.
Inaugurating the programme, Bishop of Irinjalakuda Pauly Kannookadan lauded Jeevodaya for realising their dream of starting an organisation to care for cancer patients. ‘Many questioned about how it could be realised. The members started this with trust and faith in god. In these 25 years they have provided solace to 6,000 patients. It may not be possible to do great things but small things can be achieved with dedication and love and Jeevodaya has done it, he said.
“In the modern world instead of loving people and using materials to achieve things it is vice versa. Let us love everybody and trust in god, set a goal for ourselves and work hard to realise it,” he added. He blessed the organisation saying that at the time of celebrating its golden jubilee, the organisation must have opened centres all over India.
Adyar Cancer Institute chairperson Dr Shantha said Jeevodaya has come to be associated with palliative care. “Palliative care is service to god. Let us rededicate ourselves for relief of the poor and suffering,” she said.