'Mangalore : Help for Lavina Crosses Record Rs 28 Lac
Daijiworld Media Network - Mangalore
Mangalore, Sep 16: Even after acknowledgement, help in the form of financial assistance has been pouring into Lavina's account. Until Friday, September 14 the amount stood at Rs 28 Lacs.
This is for the first time that such an amount has been received by any single person for an appeal in the history of daijiworld. The appeal to help Lavina was published on daijiworld on September 3. The amount received within two weeks speaks volumes of the generosity and concern of daijiworld readers towards deserving humanitarian causes.
Several people have visited Wenlock hospital to provide moral support to Lavina.
We at daijiworld, would also like to acknowledge that over the past over 10 years, the total financial help received for our various appeals has crossed Rs 5.7 crore (For over 250 individuals or families) . Readers of daijiworld have helped the cause of the poor for housing, education and chiefly, medical needs.
Our efforts will continue with your support.
Daijiworld's Appeal for Lavina Generates Rs 19.38 Lac
People's Love has Given Me Hope to Live'
Mangalore, Sep 13: Yet another cause for helping a fellow human has generated unprecendented response on daijiworld.com, after the sad story of Lavina D'Souza was placed before its readers.
Within 7 days of publishing the appeal, a sum of Rs 19.38 lac gathered in Lavina's account, which has not only given courage to live but also reiterated her faith in people's generosity and love.
"I hardly had any hope as I always felt alone, and with this sickness, I had little hope for the future. Those lovely people have now given me hope to live... their love has proved that I am not alone in this world..." was her first reaction when she came know of the support and prayers received from people all around the world.
Once again, the beauty of the support was there was absolutely no barrier of caste, creed, religion, language or region. One can find names from all walks of life in the list of donors. It was a chorus of 'We are all there for you, Lavina'.
Daijiworld, Director - Operations, Melvyn Rodrigues who verified and intiated this case, has been closely following the progress with Lavina and the people concerned. The story was followed and done by Daijiworld correspondent Naveen Menezes.
Lavina D'Souza, a young woman of 21 years from Suratkal, had been operated at Wenlock hospital for brain tumour. Lavina, who lives with her younger brother Lancel, was abandoned by their father. Their mother passed away a couple of years ago.
Peter D'Souza, who was the ex-vice-president and secretary of Suratkal Church, parish council and the present council member, who has been helping Lavina financially with Rs 4,000 a month for the past two-and-a-half years, says, "Our world is full of good people. No one should lose hope to live when we have such wonderful people around us." When Lavina's mother passed away Peter had collected around Rs 2 lac for this family and kept that amount in fixed deposits, of which the interest goes to the family regularly.
Lavina is at present recuperating at Wenlock hospital under the medication of Dr C K Ballal and Dr Diwakar Rao. These well-known surgeons from Mangalore have shown special interest in Lavina's treatment.
Lavina is getting radiation therapy 5 days a week at the Kasturba Medical College. She has to complete 30 days of therapy. Dr Akshat from Padubidri who had visited Lavina has paid the entire expense for radio therapy, amounting to Rs 22,000. A family of a neighbouring patient and a family from Valencia have taken responsibility to take Lavina regularly to KMC for radio therapy and bring her back to Wenlock.
Upon reading the news in Daijiworld, people from Cascia, Valencia and neighbouring places have been visiting Lavina. "Many a time they bring food for her," says Peter, "Now that the amount received is more than what was required, I leave it to daijiworld management and its readers to decide how to utilise this amount for the betterment of this family. You can also decide to use this amount for some other cause," says Peter.
In the meantime, the Suratkal parish council under the leadership of its parish priest has taken steps to help this family financially in the future. But the extent of help depends on the amount they are able to gather.
A good samaritan from Doha had come forward to help Lavina to bear the costs for a full year. Now with the amount received from donors being enough, he may lend his support for other worthy causes.
We at daijiworld are overwhelmed by the support from our readers. The tremendous faith placed by the readers on daijiworld will surely help many more such cases. Though these days we get hundreds of appeals, we may not be able to put forward all of them before the readers. We are handling appeals based on seriousness and priority.
Once again a big salute to each and everyone who supported, contributed and prayed for the cause.
May God bless us all.
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