Skalleagues from Goa got together and collected 19100 shower caps for handing over to Goa Medical College n Hospital for support as per their request towards the preparation of stock of requirements for the treatment of COVID – 19 patients. Sk. Nikheel Shirodkar, Sk. Saurabh Khanna, Sk. Guitry Velho spearheaded this activity across hotels in North n South Goa. Sk. Antonio Sequeira was also proactive in identifying a supplier & Sk. Chalston D’Souza was a generous contributor to 12800 of them. Dr. Michelle Gouveia the main coordinator is very very thankful for this. There is a requirement for items such as shoe covers, waterproof gowns – protective garments, etc.
The protective garments – waterproof gowns – 1400 nos are being manufactured through an activity spearheaded by Sk. Francisco Braganza. Sponsorship for the same raised through contributions by Sk. Francisco Braganza Rs. 20000/-, Sk. Prakash Pereira Rs. 20000/-, Sk. Chalston D’Souza Rs. 20000/- & Sk. Lyndon Alves Rs. 10000/- giving a total of 1000 protective garments.
Sk. Francisco Braganza has been offering meals for 100 inmates of old aged homes & orphanages. Other than this he has been organizing food grains & other essentials to other Old Aged Homes & Orphanages. Sk. Umesh Shetgaonkar has been organizing the transport of all this material through this period. Sk. Nikheel Shirodkar has organized meals for the Health Center Staff from Arpora, Baga, Calangute & Candolim. Sk. Francisco Braganza has provided provisions to Sk. Nikheel Shirodkar for their aid activity. Sk. Saurabh Khanna has also assisted in identifying NGO’s operating in the Northern belt who are assisting the needy & provisions for them are being organized through Sk. Francisco Braganza. Sk. Saurabh Khanna has also come up with an action plan of assisting neighbors of his Resort in need of services through this lockdown period.
Sk. Jack Sukhija has been volunteering in assisting the distribution of provisions to the needy n elderly in n around Panaji & so also the stranded jobless laborers. Sk. Nilesh Shah has contributed food grains & other essentials for distribution to Sk. Jack Sukhija. Sk. Guitry Velho is also organizing meals for 100 persons on a daily basis. Sk. Mark Mendes is also organizing assistance in Anjuna village. Skal Club Of Goa is in the process of identifying other entities that need help through these difficult times.
Sk. Vincent Ramos of IHC is organizing meals for 1000 persons namely doctors, nurses & hospital staff all associated with COVID – 19 treatment in Goa. A number of Skalleagues have come together to assist with the packing material for these meals. Sk. Antonio Sequeira, Sk. Ricardo D’lima & others. Sk. Guitry again assisting with the pick up of these parcel boxes from South Goa Hotels & transporting them to Cidade de Goa in Dona Paula. Sk. Jaidip Simaria also assisting with Silver Foil for the same purpose. Sk. Francis Serrao has offered transport assistance for any aid purpose as may be required. Sk. Lyndon Alves has also offered an Innova vehicle for a similar purpose.
Skl Ernest Dias Skal Goa President & Team Sita assisted in coordinating the entire effort to assist stranded Charter & other European Union Tourists through 4 flights.
German flight departure on 31/03/20.
Finnair departure with 330 pax & 3 infants on 1/04/20 morning.
German flight departure on 01/04/20.
German flight departure on 02/04/20.
A total of 700 + Tourists from Germany & other European Union countries were assisted in traveling to Germany & onwards. All the travel arrangements were made at very short notice. The pickups from North & South Goa.
Sk. Bush & Team organized everything as regards the Guest’s requirements at the Airport to facilitate a trouble-free & hospitable departure from Goa.
SITA Team was working round the clock over the last few days to ensure a trouble-free departure in coordination with airport authorities, transport department, law enforcement authorities & Sk. Bush & Team at the airport. All the necessary permissions were obtained in record time to go through with this endeavor. Another German flight is due to depart on 03/04/20 morning with other European Union evacuees.
Also to be mentioned was an evacuation of a lot of European Union Tourists through another flight to France through TBI though they are not members with Skal Club Of Goa.
Beach Umbrellas / Large Umbrellas were offered by Skalleagues from Goa to the Policemen on duty at the checkpoints for bringing in order during the lockdown. Sk. Guitry Velho – 10 large umbrellas, Sk. Anand Chatterjee – 30 nos, Sk. Chalston D’Souza – 10 nos, Sk. Vivek Kerkar – 126 nos, Sk. Francisco Braganza – 50 nos, Sk. Prasad Kanoth – 10 nos. Sk. Prashant Korgaonkar offered 10 nos tents for the same purpose.
The effort to organize provisions for the Old Citizens who are held up at homes due to the lockdown & are unable to get their requirements were being assisted in defined areas. Sk. Bonnie has been working in this regard in the Campal area of Panaji City.
On 3rd April Skl Umesh Shetgaunkar organized for deliveries of provisions for the following
: St Alex Convent n orphanage housing 32 adults & 12 children
50 kg Rice
10 kg Dal
: St Alex church Fr Polly.
100 kg Rice
5 kg Moong Dal
5 kg Kabuli Channa
5 kg Toor Dal
5 kg Masoor Dal
: Holly Trinity Church Fr. Urbano
100 kg Rice
10 kg Dal.
Sk. Francis Serrao & Team Crosscraft his Event Management Company supported with 3000 kg of food grain to the migrants and less privileged of Bambolim, Curca and Talaulim area near Panaji.
Sk. Chalston D’Souza has offered soaps and dental kits to the people helping at Peddem ground. He has donated Rs. 50000/- to the Calangute ground kitchen for the needy. He has offered a gas cylinder to the lifeguards when they had none.
Skl Vincent Ramos Area GM IHC informed that they are now supplying to labour camps under instructions of Deputy Collector – lunch & dinner food packs for 500 persons. They are also offering old linen and towels for the labour camp as most of them sleep on the floor or cardboards of cartons. He himself visited many such camps to hand over the required material.
Skl Anand Chatterjee & Team Planet Hollywood is doing 1000 meals for the camp at Shri Manohar Parrikar Indoor Stadium, Navelim every day.
Skl Francisco Braganza informed that 3D printed face shields manufactured by his son Kristof Braganza to the COVID Hospital Margao. The same was handed over to the Directorate of Health Services & the Chief Minister Shri Pramod Sawant.
Above is a report on activities conducted by Skalleagues from Goa through the period of lockdown. The efforts will continue further as long as it is required.