By Fr Stephen Belman Capuchin

Second free Vaccination camp and health checkup for diabetes, haemoglobin and BP was organized on Wednesday, O6 October 2021 at Divine Mercy Retreat Centre, Jail Road Bejai, Mangalore. Event was held with the collaboration of Mediquest Health care Kankanady, Mangalore City Corporation health Centre, Lions Club Bejai and Capuchin Fathers of St Anne’s Friary.

The camp began at 10 am in the morning with a ceremony of lighting of the light. Preeti Maria Dsouza, member of Lions club Bejai was the MC for the event. The guests present on the dais were Sri Vedavyas Kamath Honourable MLA, Fr Paul Melwyn Dsouza Capuchin, Superior of St Anne’s Friary Mangalore, Sri Sudhir Shetty Kannur Corporator MCC, Mr Richard Dsouza President of Lions Club Bejai, Mr Thomas Dsouza Secretary, Mr Oswald Furtado Treasurer, other members of Lions Club and members of Mediquest health care.

Sri Vedavyas Kamat addressing the camp said, Life is the greatest gift of God. Corona has been troubling the lives of the people. In order to get away from Corona Honorable Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Collaboration of Karnataka Chief Minister Sri Basavaraj Bommai has been conducting the free vaccination camps throughout Karnataka. It is a great success as already more than 4 crore people have benefited from the free vaccination drive. He appreciated Mr Richard Dsouza, President of Lions Bejai, members of Lions club, mediquest Health care, Capuchin Fathers of St Anne’s friary for collaborating to have free vaccination and free health checkups at Divine Mercy Centre Bejai. Honourable MLA also promised Fr Paul Melwyn that he would help out Capuchin Fathers in case of any trouble and need.

Fr Paul Melwyn Dsouza in his speech said, today is Mahalaya Amavasya, on this day Hindu brethren remember all the elders and seek blessings for the betterment of oneself and family. Free vaccination drive is a great help for all the people to protect ourselves from Corona and remain healthy. He thanked Sri Vedavyas Kamat for being present for the great event in spite of his busy schedule. He also thanked Sri Sudhir Shetty Kannur Corporator MCC for his gracious presence during the first as well as on the day of the second free vaccination drive.

Mr Thomas Dsouza Secretary of Lions Club in his thanksgiving speech thanked Sri Vedavyas Kamath MLA, Sri Sudhir Shetty Kannur Corporator MCC, Mediquest Health care, Fr Paul Melwyn Dsouza and Capuchin Fathers of St Anne’s Friary, all members of Lions Club and Mediquest health care for cooperating to have free vaccination drive and other health care checkups.

More than 500 people benefitted from the free vaccination camp. Capuchin Friars of St Anne’s friary, Divine mercy Chore committee, Lions Club members, Assisi study Home boys and Mediquest Health care volunteers extended their helping hand in making this free vaccination camp a successful one.

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