NRI Seniors Raise More Than $30,000 for Mahatma Gandhi Leprosy Foundation
Los Angeles, March 30, 2015
Mahatma Gandhi Leprosy Foundation of Diamond Bar, California held its annual fundraiser at Peacock Gardens, Diamond, CA, on Sunday, March 29, 2015, attended by a sold out crowd of over 150 guests. All together NRIs (mostly Gujarati seniors) raised over $30,000 to help a Mahatma Gandhi Leprosy Foundation.
Anand Rao founder of Mahatma Gandhi Leprosy Foundation addressed an audience and thanking them for their help
"Mahatma Gandhi Leprosy Foundation is committed to saving lives to remain focused on our mission: to help people stay well and get well, finding cures, and by fighting back," said Anand Rao.
The following NRI business Entrepreneurs and professionals spoke the audience for promoting voluntarism internationally especially among children, youth, women and energetic senior citizens; upporting effort that promote cultural and moral value systems in the society; help in the education and training of the poor, sick, disabled and socially backward students and assist them financially; and to strengthen voluntary organization by training their personnel in effective implementation of projects with modern management technique.
Leprosy is an infectious disease that causes severe, disfiguring skin sores and nerve damage in the arms and legs. It is a chronic infection caused by the bacteria Mycobacterium leprae. In start it stay 5 to as long as 20 years infections are without symptoms but develop include granulomas of the nerves, respiratory tract, skin, and eyes. There may be loss of parts of extremities due to repeated injuries. It spread between people through a cough or contact with fluid from the nose of an infected person. It occurs more commonly among those living in poverty and is believed to be transmitted by respiratory droplets-numb skin patches present, with paucibacillary having five or fewer and multibacillary having more than five. It is not very contagious.
Leprosy primarily affects the skin and the nerves outside the brain and spinal cord, called the peripheral nerves. It may also strike the eyes and the thin tissue lining the inside of the nose.
The chronic cases has decreased from some 5.2 million in the 1980s and India accounting for more than half. In the past 20 years, 16 million people worldwide have been cured of leprosy. About 200 cases are reported per year in the United States.
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