Health promotion trust wins international award

November 12, 2015 by  
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father recieving the awardThe positive collaboration between the Health Promotion Trust (HPT) and the deacons actively involved in social ministry work has won international recognition! 600 delegates from 37 countries gathered in Rome from October 21st through the 26th, 2015 for the Golden Jubilee celebrations of the International Diaconate Centre (IDC). At this event, the IDC awarded the “Best Initiative” award to the Health Promotion Trust, and Fr. Rocky Banz, HPT director received the award on behalf of the team. The Mumbai delegation included Fr. Gilbert de Lima, Deacon Sebastian Fernandes from Rosary Church, Goregaon (West), and Deacon Vernon Drago from St. Theresa’s Church, Girgaum. The IDC is based in Rottenburg, Germany.

HPT was invited to submit a report to IDC three months earlier, describing its work and the deacons’ contribution to HPT’s preventive health care programmes for the urban and rural poor in Mumbai. The “Best Initiative” award highlights the IDC’s recognition of the excellent outcomes achieved through the active collaboration of the deacons with HPT in implementing disease prevention programmes among the slum dwellers. The IDC had also sent a film photographer, Peter Wingert, to Mumbai to film the deacons as they worked at various HPT project sites. Mr. Wingert used the footage to produce a documentary film which was screened to the 600 delegates at the celebration in Rome.

The award comprised a cash prize of 1500 euros, a certificate of appreciation, and a beautiful painting by a German artist.   The award is a source of pride for the HPT team, the deacons, and the Archdiocese of Bombay. Fr. Rocky Banz met with Cardinal Oswald Gracious at the Vatican to thank him for his blessings, whole-hearted support, and encouragement.

HPT owes its success to the dedication and commitment of every member of its team, especially Sharon Rodrigues and Sr. Sahaya Mary (FMM) who motivated the deacons to get involved in HPT projects, and provided guidance and direction. HPT is grateful to Deacons Vernon Drago, Sebastian Fernandes, Jaime and Ligia da Fonseca, Bruno Nathan, Alfred D’souza and Tony Francis.

– fr. rocky banz

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