“Our highest, most important duty in this world is to help our fellow beings” – Amma
In May 2021, Amma Australia Organisations launched the Covid-19 Relief to India appeal in response to India’s second wave of the pandemic. As India suffered the devastation of Covid-19 firsthand, our Australian community united to make a difference.
Together, we raised much needed funds in support of Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences (Amrita Hospital) based in Kochi, India.
MA Centre (Aust) Foundation and Amrita Australia Limited extend our heartfelt gratitude to all those across the country who made this appeal a tremendous success.
Thank you for your generous donations, participation in fundraising activities and spreading the word!
We have now formally brought this appeal to a close and are delighted to share that through donations and fundraising, our community raised over $116,000.
Our key fundraising activities included:
- Ganapathy and Mrityunjaya Homas (pujas) broadcast live from Amritapuri
- ‘Reaching Out for India’ mini festival
- Car washes
- Quiz night and fundraising dinner
- Second hand clothing sales
- Donation collection points at supporting businesses
- Catering events
Additionally, 50,000 units of hospital grade hand sanitiser were donated by a member of our community and shipped from Australian shores to Amrita Hospital.
News from Amrita Hospital and Amrita Institutions
Amrita Hospital continues to provide free medical and related care to affected victims of the pandemic and is leading the vaccination drive for healthcare workers in Kerala. As part of continuing awareness initiatives, Amrita Hospital also created a film to educate people about Covid-19 safety measures and prevention.
In collaboration with AMMACHI Labs, Amrita Hospital developed affordable protection equipment (Powered Air Purifying Respirators) for healthcare workers in developing countries.
Additional collaborations include a 24/7 mental health hotline operated by AYUDH (the youth wing of Mata Amritanandamayi Math) for people who are experiencing anxiety and depression due to the pandemic. Through their Covid Resource Centre, AYUDH also connect vulnerable families in and around Faridabad with medical treatment and supplies, ambulance services, food and other provisions.
On the ground, numerous established Amrita self-help groups (SHGs) continue to play a crucial support role to those in need, and Amrita University has focussed its research efforts on studies and interventions in response to Covid-19.
We deeply appreciate your support of Amrita Hospital and collaborating Amrita institutions and look forward to updating you with news of ongoing Covid-19 relief efforts.