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AAPI Charitable Foundation launches Sevak project

April 22
21:07 2011

Dr Hemant Patel presents the willow to David Norton while Anwar Feroze of J & J and Haresh Kaneriya look on

NEW JERSEY: At the Tri-State AAPI Charitable Foundation fundraising gala held recently in New Jersey, prominent healthcare industry chiefs such as David Norton, Company Group Chairman of Johnson and Johnson Pharmaceuticals, Dr John Brennan, CEO Beth Israel Hospital Center, Newark and local politicians Upendra Chivukula, Deputy Speaker of New Jersey State Assembly, Mayor Wayne Smith of Irvington, NJ lauded the organization’s efforts of for its benchmark programs both in the US and India.

Addressing the gala and awards night, Norton said Indian-American physicians in AAPI (American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin) excelled not only in their profession but also in giving back to the community. “Sevak project in Gujarat is a classic example of how dedicated physicians looking for simple grass root solutions to address complicated health issues. Your contributions will make Sevak project a grand success.”

“I am aware of the excellent work done by AAPI at the national level, tri-state and in India, thanks to Anwar Feroze of Johnson and Johnson who introduced me to this great organization a decade ago,” he said.

Norton also offered his congratulations to the Indian-Americans present on the occasion for winning the prestigious World Cup in Cricket. A native of Australia, Norton is an avid cricket enthusiast and encourages the game among colleagues. The Foundation leaders presented him with a cricket bat on stage much to his happiness.

Chivukula, in his address, said the Sevak project exemplified the dream of Swami Vivekanand who put service to the poor above everything. He said the Foundation has been reaching out to the unfortunate sections of society in a big way earning the praise of people living in both the US and India, a testimony to their selfless service.

Dr. John Brennan hailed the service-minded Indian-American physicians and recalled their contribution to society. Mayor Wayne Smith of Irvington, NJ in whose city the Foundation has launched the Healthy New Jersey initiative to conduct two ongoing community projects with public-private partnership to screen for diabetes, hypertension, and coronary heart disease, said the 7,000 residents of the township are thankful to the Foundation for the well begun initiative. He said the public-private partnership would lead to a healthier New Jersey.

Sevak was deployed in the first quarter of 2010 with the help of over 50 volunteers. The project started with a three-year period timeline at an estimated project cost of $150,000, was funded by AAPI Charitable Foundation of NY/NJ to the tune of $50,000 that came through corporate contributions.

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