Bone Marrow Transplant

“Sharmin Avari, who is a young Zoroastrian in Melbourne, Australia and a dear friend has been diagnosed with Chronic Lymphatic Leukemia (CLL).  

The doctors have advised her that she requires a bone marrow transplant which is the best option to beat her cancer. For this Sharmin requires a matching bone marrow transplant Fromm a donor.  The doctors have informed her that the best likelihood of a match is from within the same ethnicity i.e. all the Parsees, Iranis and/or Zoroastrians in Australia and overseas.

People residing overseas as well as people residing outside Melbourne can register themselves as donors.  There is a worldwide registry for bone marrow donors and once a match is located (even from overseas) arrangements will be made by the hospital to bring the matching bone marrow to Australia if necessary. There is no cost involved for the donor.
The link at -to-join-2/ provides comprehensive information on bone marrow transplant organisation, patients and donors.
For those staying in Australia, the first step is to book an appointment and register with Red Cross on 13 14 95 or by contacting the Australian Bone Marrow Donor Registry (ABMDR) on -join-2/.
For overseas, there are similar donor registers for each country. Refer y/WMDAREG/Database;jsessionid= C90FD1D9E21895430C219205CDBCCA 98
In the true Zoroastrian spirit of Huvarashta (Good deeds) it will be greatly appreciated if you will consider registering and becoming a donor to help one of our very own and share this message with your family, friends and the community.
For those of you who require further information, Sharmin can be contacted on or on +61 432 680 630.
The Avari family send their sincere thanks in advance for your support.”
Thank you so much for any help and guidance on the same.
Meenaish Damania <></>

Aspi Sepoy Walks Again!

Dear Friends

This  video is  of Mr. Aspi Sipoy of the  Udwada Z Museum. The same Parsi gentleman who lost both of his legs because of the train accident.
He is learning to walk with prosthetic legs. Hats off to his courage and patience. May  Ahura Mazda Bless him in overcoming  his  handicap.

As a  donor towards the fund for his treatment you’d be glad to know about this, especially this THANKS Giving Day that he should soon be able to  walk again.

Rusi Sorabji

Also see :


(Representative image)(Representative image)

MUMBAI: Parsi children, part of an organization called XYZ (Xtremely Young Zoroastrians) raised Rs 10 lakh for cancer patients by organizing a dance competition held on November 12. Founder of XYZ, Hoshaang Gotla, said the initiative was to make youngsters understand the power and fulfilment in service.

“Cancer is a disease that affects many people and this time it was close to home when it affected one of our own kids. Seeing his battle and his fighting spirit, we were all impressed and wanted to felicitate him along with his team mates who represented India and won medals. That led to a dance competition as a fundraiser to involve all our XYZs to put up brilliant performances and raised over ten lakhs for charity,” he said.

Each XYZ group was given different topics like the Indian Independence struggle, Festivals of India, North East India, Seasons of India, Sports in India, Rural India, Tollywood, Indian Monarchy and Weddings of India.
Nauzer Bharucha|

Thank you for your support. To view all pictures. Check out the XYZ Facebook page.



The Tata Trusts project, which seeks to provide affordable cancer treatment in every nook and corner of the country, is being personally supervised by Ratan Tata.

Tata Trusts, led by Ratan Tata, has pledged Rs 1,000 crore and other resources to help the central government develop cancer-care facilities in five states, an initiative that promises to drastically improve access to treatment for thousands of patients.

The facilities in Rajasthan, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh will be created afresh or upgraded on the lines of Parel’s Tata Memorial Hospital, which attends to patients from across the country.

The hospital, the country’s top cancer-care centre, provides free or highly subsidised treatment in over 60 per cent of the cases. But the massive workload invariably leads to a long waitlist. Majority of the patients hail from struggling families which cannot afford to stay in an expensive city like Mumbai for a long time. Many quit the treatment midway. The new facilities will help tackle this problem.

According to an official in the central department of atomic energy, whose functioning is overseen directly by the Prime Minister’s Office, Ratan Tata recently shared his desire to open more affordable cancer treatment centres. He also urged Tata Group companies to chip in through their CSR programmes.

The Rs 1,000-crore aid pledged by Tata Trusts will come in the form of internal infrastructure and medical equipment. Their doctors and paramedical staff will be trained by Tata Memorial Hospital.

Tata Trusts has already signed an agreement with the Assam government for upgrading the main cancercare institute in Guwahati and adding capacity (advanced tertiary care facilities chemotherapy, radiation and surgical oncology) in hospitals in other districts. The Rs 540-crore project will be carried out in three phases.

“I am extremely delighted to have met the legendary Ratan Tata and members of the Tata Trusts for what may become a rare philanthropy government collaboration on cancer care and management,” Assam health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma tweeted on October 12. Sarma was in Mumbai at the time.

A new hospital will come up in Jaipur, Rajasthan, at the cost of Rs 200 crore. The state government there will bear most of the cost. In Ranchi, Jharkhand, Tata Trusts will be allotted 23.5 acres for a new centre. In Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, the existing Indian Railways cancer institute and research centre will be upgraded. Tata Memorial took over the facility recently. In Tirumala, Andhra Pradesh, the Tirupati Balaji Temple Trust will provide 25 acres for a new facility.

“Once the new or upgraded centres start operations, patients from north India won’t have to come all the way to Mumbai for basic treatment,” said a senior doctor at Tata Memorial.

Mirror could not contact officials of Tata Trusts for comment.

The Parel hospital, which has 700 beds, treats around 67,000 new cancer patients from across the country every year and also attends to 4.5 lakh follow-up cases annually. People from the Middle East and Africa also seek medical attention here.

At a meeting with central government officials last year, experts from Tata Memorial revealed that one third of the patients hailed from north India, and discussed the possibility of opening dedicated cancer centres there to speed up treatment.

Senior Citizens Day

October 1st is Senior Citizen’s Day. 100 school children from the Sett RJJ High School in Navsari visited the WZO Trust Funds Senior Citizen’s Centre to meet our Senior Citizens. The students had interactive and meaningful conversations with many of our residents and then escorted them to their school in a procession.

At the school the seniors were felicitated, they sang devotional songs together and the got an opportunity to share some of life’s most meaningful lessons with the students.

Watching the different generations come together and interact in such meaningful ways was a heartening experience for us all.

The initiative by the Hon. Collector of Navsari to have such a get together was deeply appreciated.

Dinshaw K. Tamboly;
The WZO Trust Funds.

Message from Dasturji Khurshed Dastoor

As I have received several queries regarding a few key issues pertaining to Udvada, I would like to clarify the same here.   I would highly appreciate if you could spread this word to all Parsis in North America through your various associations by email.


Donations towards ‘Iranshah’ Udvada :  Any person desirous of giving donations towards ‘Iranshah’ can do so by cheque drawn on “UDWADA NINE FAMILY SHAHENSHAHI ATHORNAN ANJUMAN FUND” and delivered to my address as :-


Dasturji Khurshed Dastoor

P-7, Cusrow Baug, 3rd Floor

Shaheed Bhagat Singh Road


Mumbai – 400 001


As for online donations through HDFC Bank which is an option for sending donations, we have discontinued the same temporarily due to taxation.   The covering letter alongwith the cheque should clearly mention the name of the donor and his correspondence address to which the receipt for the same can be sent by us.


Donations toward ‘Iranshah’ Udvada Utsav – 2017 : Cheques are to be drawn in favour of“FOUNDATION FOR DEVELOPMENT OF UDVADA” to the same above mentioned address alongwith a covering letter as mentioned earlier.


Miscellaneous Queries :- All queries related to the below mentioned purposes can be addressed to me by email at or by calls to +91-9820341247


  1. a)     Maachis/sukhad/kathis to be offered at ‘Iranshah’
  2. b)     Navjotes to be arranged and performed at ‘Iranshah’ Atash Behram
  3. c)     Jashans and Fareshtas to be performed at ‘Iranshah’ Atash Behram


Issuance of Indian Visas to Parsis who are Pakistani Nationals : This is a very serious issue among our community Members who are Pakistani Nationals, I would request the concerned individuals who are planning to come to India in the near future and are not able to procure Indian visa, they can forward their documents viz. copies of Passport, Visa application and any other relevant data for granting Indian Visas.

It can be sent on my official email id’s: with a copy to


I assure to put in my utmost efforts through my offices to get this issue resolved to the best of my abilities with the concerned authorities of Government of India and let us hope to get a favourable response from them.


With warm regards and blessings of Iranshah to you and your dear ones.


Khurshed K Dastoor

Head Priest – ‘Iranshah’ Udvada

Member – Zoroastrian (Parsi)

National Commission for Minorities

Government of India


Parsis collect Rs 15 lakh in 7 days for man who lost limbs

After WZOT and this paper appeals donors to help 46-year-old who lost his legs in a train accident, Parsis come forward to foot medical bill and get him prosthetics

Aspi Sepoy

The Zoroastrian community across the world has opened its heart, and purse, for Aspi Sepoy, 46, who suffered an accident on September 15 when his legs got stuck in the gutter between the train and platform. Now that funds are in place, doctors treating Sepoy have identified a German firm that will be approached to make the prosthetic limbs for him.

Udvada station inGujarat, where the incident occurred, is known to have caused commuters injuries due to the wide gap between halting trains and the platform.

Less than a week after the World Zoroastrian Organisation Trust (WZOT) appealed to the Zoroastrian community across the world to help Sepoy, and mid-day published his story, generous donors came forward to raise Rs 15 lakh for the Navsari resident to get back on his feet. According to sources, of the Rs 15 lakh raised by WZOT, Rs 10 lakh will be used to procure a pair of prosthetic limbs.

Platform raising work on at Udvada station where the accident occurred on September 15Platform raising work on at Udvada station where the accident occurred on September 15

Generous community

Sepoy was working as caretaker of the Zoroastrian Information Centre in Udvada since it was established in 2008. On September 15, Sepoy was dragged into the gutter between platform and train when he tried to board a moving train at Udvada station. mid-day reported the incident in its September 20 edition, highlighting how he had lost both his legs in the accident.

On the same day, Dinshaw Tamboly, chairman of WZOT, appealed to the Parsi community via a letter, asking them to come forward and donate money to cover Sepoy’s hospital bills, as well as to contribute for prosthetic legs. This, coupled with the appeal mid-day published, ensured the news travelled wide.

 As of September 25, WZOT has raised around R15 lakh. Tamboly says more donations are expected over the next few days. “The Zoroastrian charity funds of Hong Kong and Macau, which are the wealthiest in the world, contributed R3 lakh for the cause, while WZOT contributed another Rs 2 lakh. The remaining sum came from individual donors. We are very fortunate to have community members respond so generously and within this short a period of time,” Tamboly told mid-day.

He said that excess funds would be used to set up a fixed deposit for Sepoy. “In the meantime, we are going to continue his salary while he is in hospital, and ensure that he has his job once he is back.”

Dinshaw TamboliDinshaw Tamboli

Prosthetic leg trial soon
Top orthopaedic surgeon Dr Jamshed Bunshah, who is treating Sepoy at Parsi General Hospital and conducted an above-the-knee amputation, said that his condition is stable. “Before we operated on him, he was running a high fever, but that is under control now,” said Dr Bunshah. Sepoy is expected to be kept under observation for three weeks. Once the wound has healed, Dr Bunshah will work on the prosthetics. He shared that German firm Endolite had been approached to make the prosthetics. “They make the best prosthetics in the world. Only once Sepoy has healed, will we examine and decide which type of limb will suit him best,” he said.

Speaking about the rehabilitation process that Sepoy is undergoing, Dr Bunshaw said, “If the wound heals within the next few weeks, we will begin with general strengthening exercises. But what we have to be careful about is that the infection does not persist after the prosthetic leg fitting is done.”

Tamboly said that Sepoy has been making good progress since the amputation, and his spirit is up. “He has accepted what happened and has moved on.”

U.C. San Diego Names Science Building ‘Tata Hall for the Sciences’

U.C. San Diego has announced that its new science building has been named the Tata Hall for the Sciences. The naming was in recognition of a $70 million gift provided by Tata Trusts in 2016 to create the Tata Institute for Genetics and Society. Tata Trusts chair Ratan Tata (center) celebrated the building’s dedication Sept. 12 with UCSD chancellor Pradeep Khosla (right) and members of the new institute. ( photo)

U.C. San Diego Sept. 12 announced that the new building for the divisions of biological and physical sciences has been named the Tata Hall for the Sciences.

The naming of the building is in recognition of a $70 million gift provided by Tata Trusts in 2016 to create the Tata Institute for Genetics and Society, according to a university news report.

The institute, which aims to advance global science and technology through socially conscious means to develop solutions to some of the more pressing global issues, will be affixed on the fifth floor of Tata Hall.

“It is my privilege to dedicate this building in recognition of the Tata Trusts’ leadership and collaboration with U.C. San Diego, and the Tata family’s pioneering philanthropy and singular impact to bring about societal change,” said U.C. San Diego chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla at the naming event, according to the university report.

“Tata Hall exemplifies U.C. San Diego’s tradition of non-tradition, inspiring cross-disciplinary collaboration among researchers and the next generation of innovators,” the Indian American chancellor added. “This building will embody the spirit of the many shared values of U.C. San Diego and the Tata Trusts to benefit our global society.”

The building is currently under construction and is expected to be completed by the fall of 2018, the report noted.

“I am very proud of being associated with this great institution,” said Tata Trusts chairman Ratan N. Tata, the report noted. “What we are doing is a big thing for mankind in our part of the world … and I look forward to this involvement as just a first part of what we can do together.”

In addition to naming the building Tata Hall, the university also announced four inaugural chair holders of the Tata Chancellor’s Endowed Professorships.

Among the chairs are Suresh Subramani with the Tata Chancellor’s Endowed Professorship in molecular biology, Ethan Bier with the professorship in cell and developmental biology, Karthik Muralidharam with a professorship in economics, and Anita Raj with a professorship in medicine.

Medical Appeal cum update – Aspi S. Sepoy

Mr. Aspi Sepoy who met with a railway accident
at Udvada Railway Station on Thursday September 14, 2017

Community members are aware about the unfortunate that Mr. Aspi Sepoy met with on September 14, 2017.

Personal Background:
Aspi Sepoy Is a resident of Ava Baug, Navsari (46 years), a widower having lost his wife around five years ago in tragic circumstances. He is the father of two children who, have been enrolled as boarders at J. N. Petit Institute, Pune, their education is being paid for by The WZO Trust from funds being contributed by Zoroastrian Charity Funds of Hong Kong, Canton & Macao). Aspi is employed by Foundation for Development of Udvada (FDU) as caretaker of the Zoroastrian Information Centre (Parsi Museum) at Udvada; he earns a salary Rs.10,000/= per month plus travelling expenses. (High Priest Khurshed Dastoor of Udvada & the undersigned along with a few others are Trustees of FDU).

The Accident:
Aspi met with an unfortunate accident on ThursdaySeptember 14, 2017 whilst on his way from Udvada to Navsari; he fell from the railway platform under a train, with both his legs being severely damaged. He was rushed to the civil hospital at Valsad, where doctors have performed emergency surgery and amputated both his legs below the knees.

Current Update:

Aspi was shifted to Parsi General Hospital at Mumbai on Saturday, September 16, 2017 for further treatment. Eminent Orthopaedic Surgeon Dr. Jamshed Bunshah has performed a further surgery today (Tuesday, September 19, 2017). The dressing will be checked after three to four days when it will known if blood circulation the leg stumps is normal, in which event no further surgeries may be required. However, this will only be determined once the dressings are opened again for examination.

To avoid infection, Aspi will not be placed in the general ward, but in a separate room (of the lowest denomination) after he is discharged from the ICU.

It has been given to understand that artificial feet that are imported (not made locally) will need to be procured.  The cost of each foot is estimated to be in the region of Rs.5,00,000 that is 10,00,000 for both.

Hospitalisation and other expenses on medicines cannot be quantified at present but are expected to be substantial.


We (The WZO Trust) have been receiving requests from individuals wishing to send their personal donations for Aspi.

Those who wish to send donations may do so by:

Forwarding cheques in the name of “The WZO Trust”; donors from India should mention their PAN details in their covering letter. Donors contributing through The WZO Trust can avail of tax benefits u/s 80G of the Income Tax Act.
Forwarding cheques in the name of “Aspi S. Sepoy”; donors from India should mention their PAN details in their covering letter. Donors contributing through this mode will not be able to avail of tax benefits u/s 80G of the Income Tax Act, as the cheques will be credited to the personal bank account of Aspi Sepoy.

  Name of Bank: Deutsche Bank.
  Branch: Hazarimal Somani Marg, Fort
  Branch Address: D. B. House, Hazarimal Somani Marg, Fort, Mumbai 400 001
  Account title: The World Zoroastrian Organisation Trust
  Account No: 400004259620019
  Account type: Savings
  IFSC Code: DEUT0784PBC
FOR REMITTANCES FROM OUTSIDE INDIA:  Click Here for full details
Donors should inform us either by a letter or an e-mail, details of their PAN and address where the receipt has to be sent.

Cheques sent through either of the above modes may be mailed to the office of The WZO Trust at:

C-1, Hermes House, 3rd floor,
Mama Parmanany Marg,
Opera House,
Mumbai 400 004.

All email correspondence to be sent to

Dinshaw K Tamboly;