by Rajeev Mehra
MUMBAI, JUL 20, : The Don Bosco Mumbai Province Alumni have pledged to secure a million volunteers to donate their organs after their death. The decision was taken at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) on July 2017 at Don Bosco School of Learning, Kurla.
The inspiration comes from an initiative by St. Joseph High School Alumni, Wadala. 68 members from six alumni units of the Mumbai and Vasai region met at the AGM to celebrate their togetherness in the spirit of Don Bosco.
Father Colbert D'Silva, the Chief Guest, gave a opening message. Father Vivian D'Souza, the Provincial delegate then welcomed the delegates, each alumni unit and Sr. Fides Macwan, the Provincial Alumni Delegate of the Salesian Sisters.
Rajeev Mehra, the secretary read out the minutes of the last AGM. The activities of the previous year, were presented through a power point presentation.
Hemant Jain, the treasurer presented the Statement of Accounts for the Financial year 2015-16, which was then passed. Ketan Gala, the newly elected President of the National Federation of Past Pupils, then addressed the gathering.
The Guest speaker for the day, Divyani Rosario, conducted an interactive session on Leadership. Then each Unit presented their Annual Reports.
The fledgling unit of St. Joseph High School, Wadala, announced the Centenary of their Institution and shared the list of initiatives undertaken to commemorate the event.
A notable initiative was to garner a million volunteers to pledge their body organs after death. The Unit has finished its research and is now in talks with the Health Ministry at the Centre and the government organisation for organ donation.
Father D'Souza presented the proposed programme for the year. The members then took up a few issues of the Association for discussion.
After the closing prayer, the election of the GEX representative to the Provincial Council was held. Leon Tavasso from the Andheri unit was unanimously elected.