The AAPI (American Association of Physicians of India Origin) of Greater NY and NJ organized a fundraising gala dinner to help local communities. AAPI Tri-State Foundation chairman Dr. Hemant Patel, who has offices at Irvington, Newark and West Orange is the guide in organizing with his team. They honored David Y. Norton, the company group chairman of Johnson and Johnson. Mr. Norton, an Australian-American, is instrumental with charitable work in the U.S. and abroad, including India. He was honored with a cricket bat, due to his passion for cricket.
Irvington Mayor Wayne Smith praised the work of AAPI Tri-State, especially the partnership with the Township of Irvington for their support for medically challenged people under the project “Healthy New Jersey” and “Healthy Irvington.”
Smith further said, “I am delighted to partner with this great association of physicians which is dedicated to serving medically challenged people in the Township of Irvington and other urban areas in New Jersey.”
New Jersey Assembly Deputy Speaker Upendra Chivucula said, “By providing screenings, monitoring patients, and educating citizens on diseases such as diabetes and coronary disease, AAPI has positively affected the lives of citizens in the United States and India. Programs such as Sevak (volunteer) and Healthy New Jersey are important grassroots health initiatives that truly make a difference.”
John A. Brennan, Executive Director of Saint Barnabas Healthcare System, praised the dedication of volunteer work by AAPI and Dr. Hemant Patel.
Dr. Hemant Patel explained the need for help in a remote village of India. A group of doctors tested a remote village of Gujarat, India and found out that 8 out of 10 tested have diabetes. The remote village did not have doctors or facilities or money. The AAPI foundation has taken a challenge to help the needy in a remote area.
The AAPI national foundation has been in existence over 25 years. AAPI’s mission is: AAPI is a forum to facilitate and enable Indian American Physicians to excel in patient care, teaching and research and to pursue their aspirations in professional and community affairs.
Essex County Freeholder Bilal Beasley supports Dr. Hemant Patel and his organization. He complimented all of the team members of the AAPI Tri-State chapter.
The team of physicians; Virendra Sethi, Jayesh Kanuga, Dayan Naik, Pranay Vaidya, Jagan Pahuja, Satish Anand, Rita Ahuja, Anand Sahu, Ratan Mirchandani, Seema Jain, Tarun Shah and Sudhir Parikh, work hard to make this event a great success.
AAPI’s goal is to raise $150,000 for their project Sevak within 3 years. So far, they have raised $50,000 through corporate donations. Anyone who wants to donate to this good cause can contact (908) 874-9110.