Request for Medical Assistance


Dear all,

Have received a note from a friend requesting assistance Medical treatment for Mrs. Bakhtawar Farokh Panthaky who is suffering from Metastic Lung Cancer and is under the care Dr. Boman Dhabhar.  Supporting documents are attached.  The family is residing at # A – 3, Navroz Baug, Dr. S.S. Rao Road, Lalbaug, Mumbai – 400012.

Please send cheques in the name of Mrs Bakhtawar Farokh Panthaky.  Shamrao Vithal Co-op Bank Ltd., Lalbaug Branch, Mumbai – 400012.  Bank Account Number: 104703130001489

Your contributions should be sent directly to the family at the above-mentioned address.

If you have any queries feel free to contact Farokh on # +91-9820437025 or daughter Mehernawaz  on # +91-9930227047.  Mehernawaz has requested to kindly notify her when sending your contributions.

Thank you in anticipation of your support for this worthy cause.

Yazdaan Panah Baad!  May Ahura Mazda always keep you in His protection.

Warm Regards & Tan Darosti,

Firdosh Tolat

 

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Appeal – O+Blood


 Dasturji Peshotan Mirza is undergoing surgery this Friday (8th April, 2016) at Prince Al Khan Hospital. He requires O+ blood. The donor will need to go to the Prince Ali Khan Hospital, Byculla, Mumbai,  blood bank by Thursday between 9am – 5pm to donate blood. Please mention that you have come to give blood for Mr. Peshotan Mirza, who is scheduled for surgery on Friday (8th April, 2016) morning under Dr. Sultan Pradhan. After donating it would be good if you could call Aban Mirza +919920921606 and inform her.

Happiness is Helping Others


Volunteering is a way of life for community icon Dilnaz Billimoria

To those in Melbourne’s Parsee community, Dilnaz Billimoria is a well-loved figure.

Her genuine desire to make life a little more liveable for many in need, especially new migrants, has seen her become a role model and icon in the community.

 

Australia-Day-Awards-3This Australia Day, she was recognised for her efforts with the 2016 Menzies Community Australia Day Award, presented by Kevin Andrews MP (Federal Member for Menzies), and the 2016 Whitehorse Australia Day Civic Award for Community Achievement, presented by Mayor Philip Daw.

“Being a Parsee migrant myself, and a descendant of ancestors who fled persecution by the Arab invaders in the 7th century, I understand the barriers migrants face and wish to ease their transition into the Great Southern Land with a warm and welcoming environment,” Billimoria told Indian Link. “As a migrant here myself, I understand the difficulties involved in moving to a new country and want to make sure that no matter where you come from, there will always be friends waiting to appreciate your arrival.”

A workplace diversity specialist within the finance industry, Dilnaz is an upstanding citizen and ambassador in the community for multiculturalism. After her day job, you will usually find her running off to a committee meeting, helping set-up an event or working with councillors and organisations on new community events.

Dilnaz Billimoria.Indian Link

Over a decade ago, she started volunteering with the City of Whitehorse on projects like the Human Book Project and Blackburn Lake Sanctuary, and assisting at local op shops. She also became a member of the Manningham Interfaith Network, Women’s Interfaith Network and Centre for Melbourne Multi-faith and Other Network.

These days, she is busy organising faith tours, volunteering at the Migration Settlement Centre and working on projects such as the ‘Matters of Trust’ seminar that helps elderly people stay alert to financial abuse.

Blessed with unbounded energy and a bright personality, Billimoria is always on the go and confident in her stride. But she is always willing to stop for a quick chat, ready with a smile and a warm embrace.

A deeply spiritual person, Dilnaz is a member of a very old monotheistic religion. Founded by Zarathushtra around 3,500 years ago in the city of Yazd, located in ancient Iran (Persia), Zoroastrianism has had a profound influence on the development of eastern and western civilisation. Predating Islam, Christianity and Judaism, Zoroastrians worship the fire (purity) and practice three simple tenets: good words, good thoughts and good deeds. They pray to Ahura Mazda and practice the law of Asha – the divine order of things.

Although her own faith is very important in her life, Billimoria respects all other faiths equally.

“I am sure that all faiths and cultures encourage their followers to assist all mankind,” she remarked.

She wishes to educate the public on diverse faiths and likes all cultures to participate in sharing their skills.

Through the course of her work, Billimoria has come in contact with people of diverse backgrounds. This has led to an engagement with activities that help to promote understanding, increased tolerance and greater acceptance.

She has organised faith tours to different places of worship, seminars on meditation and yoga, lessons on spirituality through music and dance, and workshops for refugees and asylum seekers on their role, rights and responsibilities.

She has served on the committee at Manningham Council to discuss issues surrounding violence against women. She has worked with refugees and members of CALD background understand their rights to access health resources. As well, she regularly participates in International Women’s Day events organised in Whitehorse and Boroondara, to make women aware of opportunities and to continue to work towards gender equality. She recently worked with the Whitehorse Interfaith Network on organising a panel event for the public to witness the stories of an asylum seeker’s journey to Australia.

Dilnaz is also a great leader and team player. She has volunteered, for some years now, as the MC for the Global Fiesta and Harmony Day events in Whitehorse as part of Cultural Diversity Week in March and the Spring Festival in October for the Multicultural Stage.

As a well-spoken role model, Dilnaz embodies a can-do and down-to-earth persona. Her free and giving nature is remarkable and many people respect her because she is positive and productive, bubbly and proactive.

She never misses an opportunity to inspire others towards community work.

“Volunteering takes passion, professionalism and patience – the three Ps, I say. A volunteer has to be committed to the cause and has to be passionate about helping and supporting others. It comes from the heart. Never take ‘no’ for an answer and search for a win-win solution.”

She advises everyone to volunteer in whatever way possible “It will help you become a better person at work and at home.”

 

by –  – Studying law, I have found great interest in issues to do with equity and sustainability. I have an inquisitive mind and enjoy solving problems and contentious issues. I prefer to walk to my destination than wait for a tram or bus

http://www.indianlink.com.au/happiness-is-helping-others/

 

Where there is a Will, there is a Way


Where there is a Will, there is a Way


The Great Dasturji Nadirshah Pestonji Unvalla – hats off ..I salute him !


Dasturji Nadirshah Pestonji Unvalla
A memorable episode in Nadirshah’s life as Panthaki of the Bangalore Anjuman involved stopping of an Indian Airlines Plane.

 

In October 1978, at the time of the Emergency (declared by Indira Gandhi) a group of Parsees from Navroz Bagh, Bombay came on a visit to Karnataka. They arrived by train in a reserved bogie and visited the Agiary at Bangalore before proceeding to Mysore and Ooty in several buses. They were on a sightseeing trip. Unfortunately one of the group, a Mrs. Dalal, expired at Ooty having suffered a heart attack.

 

The tour conductors obtained the death certificate and a necessary letter for the dean of the St. John’s Medical College & Hospital where a post mortem & embalming was to be undertaken. The body had to be sent for funeral rites to Bombay by air. In those days only one Indian Airlines flight a day operated on the Bangalore-Bombay sector. It arrived from Madras, halted briefly at Bangalore and proceeded onwards to Bombay. The departure time from the Bangalore HAL Airport was 12.30 p.m.

 

The conductor of the tour and four or five others brought the body in a van to Bangalore at 5.00 a.m. on Sunday morning and knocked at the Agiary gate. Nadirshah immediately opened the gate and inquired about the incident. He was told that the body had to be sent by air to Bombay urgently and requested him to keep the body in the Agiary compound as the plane was to depart only at 12.30 p.m. He advised them that a dead body cannot be brought into the Agiary compound and suggested they take it to the Tower of Silence and keep it there. Besides, the body had to be embalmed so the visitors showed him the letter they had brought addressed to the Dean of St. John’s Hospital. This hospital was rather far from the Agiary. So Nadirshah took them to St. Martha’s Hospital, where they were refused entry. Next they were taken to Victoria Hospital where the doctor was not available finally they took the body to St. John’s. (This episode is being narrated in detail to show how difficult it is to help stranded people and there were many, many over the years).
The Dean of the hospital sent them to the department where embalming was done. To their misfortunate, this being a Sunday, and no other bodies needing attention, the surgeon on duty had left the hospital. The dean was keen to help so he gave a quick note requesting the surgeon to come to the hospital urgently. They were given the address of the surgeon who was staying at the other end of Bangalore in Fraser Town.

 

With great speed Nadirshah rushed the relatives from Koramangala to Fraser Town, found the surgeon, gave him the dean’s note and requested him to go to the hospital by auto-rickshaw. They were then asked to immediately procure a coffin, one bag of sawdust and 50 kilograms of ice. They collected these and made haste to the hospital.

 

Nadirshah took Mr Savak Antia with him because his own small car could not reach quickly enough. Around 11.00 a.m. they reached the hospital and Nadirshah rushed to the department where the embalming was in progress. Mr Antia being nervous refused to enter the room. Nadirshah ventured forth in all earnestness but what a ghastly scene he witnessed! God forbid it should ever happen to a Parsi! He fervently prayed for the soul of the departed. The doctor while carrying on his work told Nadirshah that the coffin he had bought was rather small. Nadirshah asked if it was possible to fetch another given they were fighting against time. The hospital staff managed to fit the body into the coffin after all.

 

A strict set of rules needs adhering to, the coffin has to be hermitically sealed. Nadirshah and the relatives had taken a long piece of silk cloth, some nails and a hammer to nail down the coffin lid. Then putting the coffin into the van they hastened to the Airport. By now it was 11.30 a.m. the van followed the car up to Mahatma Gandhi Road then Nadirshah told the van driver to go to the airport by asking directions along the way. Nadirshah and Mr Antia sped onward in the Ambassador car to reach the airport earlier and started making arrangements. All along Mr Antia was most disheartening saying that the flight would surely be missed.

 

Before rushing to the hospital with the coffin Nadirshah had asked Mr Shereyar Vakil (who had been invited to his home for lunch that day) to immediately head to the airport and book five tickets for the relatives (at that time the airfare to Bombay was Rs.500/-).

 

As soon as Nadirshah reached the airport he heard the sound of the aircraft starting. Simultaneously Mr Vakil met him and informed them that he had just given away the tickets as they had all reached very late and the plane was departing.

 

Dear friends, here Nadirshah’s ingenuity, influence and resourcefulness were all on trial. In those days there were no strict security regulations at airports as there are today. Nadirshah requested the aerodrome officer to stop the plane, he refused to interfere saying that the plane was about to move and was now entirely under the command of the pilot. Nadirshah jumped over the cordon and frantically signaled the pilot to stop the engine. He too refused and started moving the aircraft. Nadirshah kneeled in front of the plane and shouted and pleaded that the plane be stopped. After much persuasion the pilot stopped the aircraft from moving but did not shut off the engine. He told the aerodrome officer to load the body hurriedly.

 

After stopping the plane Nadirshah came out but the van had not yet arrived. They had to wait for some time before the van arrived. The coffin was immediately removed, weighed and loaded on to the plane. There was no time even to collect the weighment voucher. Again Nadirshah had to plead with the pilot to allow at least three of the relatives to travel along with the body. The pilot finally gave in to the request, charging the fare but saying there were no seats available and the passengers would have to stand in the aircraft all the way to Bombay!

 

Nadirshah and Mr Antia returned home at about 2.00 p.m. Nadirshah took a full bath with ‘Taro’ and water as he had entered the room of the hospital where the embalming was in progress. He then telephoned Mr Darvish who was in charge of the Doongarwadi at Bombay and told him to take charge of the body as it arrived at Bombay Airport.

 

Finally the body was consigned to the Tower of Silence in Bombay at 5.30 p.m. after Sachkar and Gehsarna in the presence of the relatives of the deceased.
Mr Antia who was with Air India kept harping that by delaying the plane for nearly an hour (and that too, at a time when a National Emergency had been declared) the staff of the Bangalore Airport and the Pilot would lose their jobs. Next day Nadirshah wrote a polite letter to the Chairman & Managing Director of Indian Airlines explaining and apologizing for the delay caused by the above incident. Within a week he got a reply from the Indian Airlines Manager that – “It is our duty to help the people” Nadirshah hopes to remind our readers of the saying “Where there is a will there is a way”.

 

Courtesy :

Behram P. Dhabhar

 

Raising funds to do refugee support work in Lesvos


Dear all,

 

Next week, my friends, Maddy Evans, Zak Suffee, and I will be traveling to Lesvos, Greece, to help with the refugee support work ongoing there.

Each day about 1000-1200 people arrive by boat on the island. The logistics involved in supporting them while they await registration and being processed through the system, are immense and require the constant replenishment of person power.

While we will be covering the majority of the costs of our own time there, we need help with costs such as car rental (to shuttle people from the landing points to the registration locations and camps) as well as to buy supplies as needed by them at our points of operation.

I hope you will not mind my sending you this message. If you are able to donate to our crowdfunded, that would be great. And no worries if not! Could you also please help spread this appeal to your friends, family and wherever else…?

https://www.youcaring.com/people-arriving-in-lesvos-498415

Please do let me know if you have any questions or concerns.
Thank you! Take care,
rashné

Adar Poonawalla sets up Rs 100 cr fund to aid waste removal


unnamed (12)Adar Poonawalla, CEO, Serum Institute of India has announced to set up Rs 100 crore fund under the Adar Poonawalla Clean City Movement (APCCM) in partnering with Pune Municipal Corporation and Noble Exchange Environment Solutions. It will focus on supporting the Pune Municipal Corporation with infrastructure and management of solid waste, specially focusing on organic waste management.

“This is first-of-its-kind public private partnership (PPP) towards scientific waste management in association with the Pune Municipal Corporation and NobleExchange. Other than the regular CSR activities, we rae raising Rs 100 separately for this initiative. Under this, we aim to cover cleaning of 300 km of roads running across municipal limits of the city. We want to encourage citizens to drive this movement through active participation and appeal to them to segregate the waste at source into dry and wet waste and dispose only using waste bins.”

This movement will cover the city’s network of roads in phases over the next three years. With a fleet of specially designed trucks and thousands of litter bins, this wet waste will be responsibly removed and processed in a processing plant by Noble Exchange Environment Solutions which is a technology and operations partner in this movement.

In the first phase, the APCCM will be rolled out in the three wards of the city. The movement would then be rolled out to cover other wards of the city in a phased pattern. At current estimates, over 1,700 tonnes of waste is generated in the city of Pune of which 52-55 per cent is wet waste in nature. This wet waste removal is expected to result in 542 tonnes of carbon emission saved. Under this, advanced mobile food waste processing vans that will enable processing of organic food waste at the ward. Activation programmes will be run in association with PMC at schools, mohalla committees, residential societies and market places.

http://www.business-standard.com/article/current-affairs/adar-poonawalla-sets-up-rs-100-cr-fund-to-aid-waste-removal-116010700704_1.html

KAMRON – PLEASE HELP TO SAVE HIS LIFE


EXTREMELY URGENT – TIME SENSITIVE
Please share this email within the circle of your family, friends and community members to help save a life of a young Zarathushti.
Also share this on Facebook as well as other cyber social medias.
 
A Zarathushti In Need
Is A Zarathushti Indeed
My Dear Global/Local Zarathushti Leaders and Community Members:
We sincerely ask you to reach out with all your heart and spirit to a fellow Zarathushti in need.
 
Kamron Sohrabian, a senior in high school is in dire need of a bone marrow transplant. 
He is a resident of Orange County, California.
 
His chances of finding a match within the Zarathushti community are greater.
Thus, we are asking you to reach out and make a difference.
 
There are three ways to help save his life. 
You can choose any one to reach out ASAP.
 
 
1You can join on-line registry by clicking at:
 
 
(A Cheek swab kit will be sent to you!)
 
All you need to do is a quick swab on your cheek and return the kit
in a pre-paid self addressed envelope. It does not cost you anything.
 
If you still have questions, please call 1-800-627-7692
 
2You can visit a donor center if there is one in your vicinity.
Please click below to find out.  
 
 
Please join the registry and let’s find a match to save Kamron’s life. 
 
3. Please come with your family and friends 
to our California Zoroastrian Center 
for our Bone Marrow Registry Drive:
 
Sunday, December 13, 2015.    10am to 2pm at CZC  (Orange County)
 
Sunday, December 13, 2015     11am to 3pm at CZC (Los Angeles)
 
Saturday, December 19, 2015   6pm to 10pm at CZC (Orange County)
 
 
Donors between the ages of 18-44 have the HIGHEST RATE OF MATCHING. 
Please encourage all our community members to register and do a cheek swab. 
 
Being a Zoroastrian, the likelihood of a match is greater in our community. 
You and your children are encouraged to donate by registering online or by coming to the drive.
 
A bone marrow transplant is a life-saving treatment for people with blood cancers like lymphoma. 
A donor’s healthy blood-forming cells are given directly into a patient’s bloodstream, 
where they can begin to function and multiply. 
 
For a patient’s body to accept these healthy cells, they need a donor who is a close match. 
 
Please BE INVOLVED and TRANSPLANT HOPE. 
 
For more information please see the attachment titled: 
 
Kamron – Please Help To Save His Life
 
Thank you for reaching out to a valuable member of our future generation.
 
With love, light , appreciation and gratitude from
 
Meher Amalsad
 
For further guidance please contact
Dr. Parmis Khatibi 
 

For Further information please click :

The next big revolution?


Ratan Tata backs Khan Academy to make education free and accessible to everyone

The iconic not-for-profit organisation Khan Academy has partnered with the equally iconic Tata Trusts to create specialised, freely available online content tailor-made for India. The multi-million dollar partnership will not only hire Indian teachers but also create online content in Indian languages, primarily based on NCERT textbooks.

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Ratan Tata, Tata Trusts (Left) – Salman Khan, Khan Academy (Right)

YourStory sees this as a potential revolution in the field of education, for students who struggle to access quality education, for teachers, for schools, for content developers and for edutech startups across India. And also eventually becoming a medium to bring transparency and accessibility in the multi billion dollar education sector in India. Khan Academy founder Salman Khan said he was open to working with ed-tech startups in India to be able to realise the organisation’s vision to provide a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere.

What’s interesting is that the content will be made available both offline and online through low-cost devices. Khan Academy already has pilot programmes underway in various schools, which also aim to help teachers improve their own skills. It also hopes to rope in professionals who want to teach and therefore impact millions of lives. The problem of access to education in India, let alone quality education, is a complex one. Khan Academy’s tutorials don’t intend to replace teachers, only to free them up to focus on giving students additional help.

Tata described Khan and his approach as “refreshingly different” in the way it aims at not only changing the world from illiterate to literate but also provides knowledge to anybody, anywhere and at any time – a model that will exponentially increase the reach of the $109 billion Tata Trusts.

For me as an Indian and as a citizen of the planet, it is a great privilege to start this partnership. I see it as a great way to make a difference for the generations to come, Tata added.

For those who haven’t heard of Khan, he’s a former hedge-fund analyst with degrees from MIT and Harvard, who set up the Academy after videos he created to tutor a cousin, led to many more cousins asking for help and the creation of many more such videos, all of which he uploaded on the Internet. As word got around, he began getting letters from not just people in the US but from everywhere in the world, explaining how a tutorial had helped them pass an algebra class, or go back to college or help their children. “It soon became clear that there was a broader need for such content out there in the world,” Khan said, adding, “It showed us how much hunger there is around the world among people to tap into their potential.”

At last count, Khan Academy had nearly 2,700 freely viewable videos of around 10 minutes each on subjects like maths, science, and computer science, as well as humanities and test prep. Given its origins, Khan Academy primarily focused on lessons delivered in English. “But when you look at areas for potential for deep impact (like a) huge population with a huge need, India tops the list.Obviously, my family has roots here, and it’s close to our heart,” Khan said while talking about Khan Academy’s Hindi language portal which was launched just a few days back. “That’s just the tip of the iceberg. In the next 4-5 years and in the coming decades, we want to be an Indian organisation,” he added.

Click Here for the full story

Be involved – transplant hope


A Zarathushti In Needunnamed (8)
Is A Zarathushti Indeed
My Dear Global/Local Zarathushti Leaders and Community Members:
We sincerely ask you to reach out with all your heart and spirit to a fellow Zarathushti in need.
 
Kamron Sohrabian, a senior in high school is in dire need of a bone marrow transplant. 
He is a resident of Orange County, California.
 
His chances of finding a match within the Zarathushti community are greater.
Thus, we are asking you to reach out and make a difference.
 
There are three ways to help save his life. 
You can choose any one to reach out ASAP.
 
 
1You can join on-line registry by clicking at:
 
 
(A Cheek swab kit will be sent to you!)
 
All you need to do is a quick swab on your cheek and return the kit
in a pre-paid self addressed envelope. It does not cost you anything.
 
If you still have questions, please call 1-800-627-7692
 
2You can visit a donor center if there is one in your vicinity.
Please click below to find out.  
 
 
Please join the registry and let’s find a match to save Kamron’s life. 
 
3. Please come with your family and friends 
to our California Zoroastrian Center 
for our Bone Marrow Registry Drive:
 
Sunday, December 13, 2015.    10am to 2pm at CZC  (Orange County)
 
Sunday, December 13, 2015     11am to 3pm at CZC (Los Angeles)
 
Saturday, December 19, 2015   6pm to 10pm at CZC (Orange County)
 
 
Donors between the ages of 18-44 have the HIGHEST RATE OF MATCHING. 
Please encourage all our community members to register and do a cheek swab. 
 
Being a Zoroastrian, the likelihood of a match is greater in our community. 
You and your children are encouraged to donate by registering online or by coming to the drive.
 
A bone marrow transplant is a life-saving treatment for people with blood cancers like lymphoma. 
A donor’s healthy blood-forming cells are given directly into a patient’s bloodstream, 
where they can begin to function and multiply. 
 
For a patient’s body to accept these healthy cells, they need a donor who is a close match. 
 
Please BE INVOLVED and TRANSPLANT HOPE. 
 
For more information please see the attachment titled: 
 
Kamron – Please Help To Save His Life
 
Thank you for reaching out to a valuable member of our future generation.
 
With love, light , appreciation and gratitude from
 
Meher Amalsad
 
For further guidance please contact
Dr. Parmis Khatibi 
Parmis.Khatibi@Gmail.com
 
Meher Amalsad