Mangaluru: The final set of trucks carrying relief material to the flood-ravaged parts of Kodagu and Kerala under “Mission K2K” was flagged off by Bishop of Mangalore Diocese Most Rev. Dr. Aloysius Paul D’Souza.
Indian Catholic Youth Movement (ICYM) of Mangalore Diocese had initiated humanitarian project named ‘Mission K2K’ on August 16 towards helping the flood victims in Kerala and Kodagu. The youth from 124 parishes in Mangalore Diocese had collected goods, clothes and other non-perishable items like rice, cereals, drinking water bottles, biscuits, etc. which was then collected in the ICYM Diocesan office Jeppu.
Flagging off the final set of trucks of Mission K2K, Bishop of Mangalore Most Rev. Aloysius Paul Dsouza said “I appreciate the efforts put in the Catholic youth of Diocese towards the flood relief. As Jesus helped the needy and downtrodden, the youth of ICYM have set an example through helping the flood victim in Kerala and Kodagu.
“Goods worth more than 1.5 crore were collected from people of goodwill and sent in 14 trucks to the flood victims in Wayanad, Palakkad, Calicut, Kuttanad, Chenganur, Chalakudi in Kerala and also to places like Suntikoppa, Hattihole, Bettagiri, Madhapura, Somwarpet in Kodagu” said Rev. Fr Ronald Prakash Dsouza – Director ICYM Mangalore Diocese.
“The motto of ICYM says ‘Leadership through Service’ and we have choked out this initiative in line with our motto. Nearly 45 to 50 youth strived tirelessly for the success of this mission in helping the needy” said Jaison Pereira, ICYM President of Mangalore Diocese.
Various teams of ICYM youth have also visited the flood-affected areas of Kerala and Kodagu and have extended their helping hand to the needy. This mission was carried out under the guidance of Rev. Fr Ronald Prakash Dsouza – Director ICYM Mangalore Diocese and Asst. Director Fr Ashwin Cardoza.
ICYM President Jaison Periera and his team of youth leaders, E. Fernandes, Joel Concessao, Rohan Pereira and others were present during the occasion.