PMI Kerala Chapter launched PMIK-Udaan, a program to support the children of terminally ill patients, on 8 June at Kowdiar Lions Club in Thiruvananthapuram.

The initiative is in collaboration with Pallium India, a registered charitable trust that works with people who need palliative care. Pallium India also supports the education of children of terminally ill patients. PMI Kerala Chapter will now provide project management support for Pallium India’s pan-India initiatives.

The inaugural ceremony was attended by Chapter President Dr. Krishnakumar TI; chairman, Pallium India, and Padmashri awardee Dr. M R Rajagopal; Gopakumar Menon, second district governor, Lions Club; Leena Gupte, India liaison, PMI Educational Foundation; Chapter Vice President — Operations Harikuttan K, along with the chapter board members and officials from Pallium India. After the lighting of the lamp, leaders of both the organizations signed a memorandum of understanding that sealed the collaboration.

It was also a time to celebrate the success of 42 children of Grades X and XII who cleared their board examinations in spite of the obstacles. It also distributed back-to-school kits, each worth Rs. 300, to 135 children who were sponsored by chapter members and well-wishers. Oceans Lions Club also donated Rs. 6,000 for the cause, while the Trivandrum Chamber of Commerce and Industry provided the venue at a nominal rate.

The chapter contributed approximately 400 volunteer hours until the event day and committed over 1,400 hours in the year toward continuous educational support to 100 children.