Bangalore, April 4 , 2015: Easter, the Resurrection of the Lord is celebrated across the Christian world. It is a day families, pray and eat together. It is believed to be a promise from the Divine that there is hope for all. This Easter, the members of Love in Action (LIA), a volunteering group functioning under the aegis of St Martha’s Hospital and the leadership of Jason Furtado, will bring hope and joy to sick, under-privileged patients in the hospital.
All through the year, LIA volunteers work on a number of art projects that are available for sale at the LIA store in the Physiotherapy unit of the hospital. These range from wall hangings, to paintings, to delicate curios and embroidered pieces of clothing. At this time of the year, the theme is naturally Easter-based decorations. Each of these pieces is painstakingly created out of real egg shells which have been drained of their yolks. Mounted on card paper stands, these are hand-painted to created amazing pieces of art. Each of these pieces is priced at Rs. 100 onwards.
The money collected from the sales of these products goes into a poor patients fund and is utilized to provide free medical care to those in need.
Spearheading this initiative is Jason Furtado who says, “We don’t believe in letting anything go to waste. Across the hospital and even from our volunteers on the outside, we get a lot of material with which to work with. If these art works can help a poor family get quality medical treatment, then I truly believe that the effort is completely worth it.”
The Director of St Martha’s Hospital, Jayakar Jerome says, “St Martha’s is an institution that began 128 years ago to help get quality medical help at affordable costs. These are small initiatives which we believe go a long way in creating a community that gives.”