J Thomson Donates Christmas Cards Helping Amputees in India

J Thomson has donated Christmas cards to kind-hearted students who are taking part in some fundraising to help their bid to work with amputees in India.

Strathclyde University gives ongoing support to the MUKTI clinic in Chennai where students help fit amputees with prosthetic limbs.

Each year pupils at Jamnibai Narsee School in Mumbai design a Christmas card that students sell to raise funds for the annual trip.

This year's cards were designed by students Nazish Furniturewala, who worked Rudolph into her design, and Aatmi Chitalia who covered her card in Baubles.

Aatmi said: "It is an honour to have the students choose my design.

"In India we don’t celebrate Christmas. So my painting was what I would want my Christmas tree to look like.

"Thank you so much for choosing it."

MUKTI is a charity that makes and fits prosthetic limbs. Strathclyde works with MUKTI to improve the delivery of prosthetic and orthotic services in India by providing training.

Staff and students also help to develop improved prostheses and every year taking a small group of students to work in its clinic in Chennai.

Melissa Brodie and her classmates Chloe Calderwood, Meghan Hughes, Serena Muhshan and Sarah McNaughton are all 3rd-year BSc Prosthetics and Orthotics students.

Melissa, from Motherwell, is hoping to apply for the chance to travel to Mumbai and work in the MUKTI clinic.

The group of four women are on their year's student committee and decided to lend their support to selling the Christmas cards.

Melissa, 20, said: "It is important to support those who have less than us.

"We have so much access to clinical products and we see a lot of people who have lost limbs able to work and go on to support their families and get on with their lives.

"In India people do not have the same opportunities and they aren't able to carry on as before, through no fault of their own.

"It's not equal or fair and so all we can do is try to raise as much money as we possibly can to help them."

The cards are printed each year free of charge by J Thomson Printers in Kinning Park.

Alastair Baird, Financial Controller at the firm, said: “As the Financial Controller of J Thomson Colour Printers I am delighted to support the projects by donating the annual charity Christmas cards.

"Giving students this opportunity changes lives and transforms some of the most marginalised and remote communities in the world.

"Congratulations to everyone associated with these projects.”

MUKTI was established in 1986 by the MS Dadha Foundation to help many of the six million people in India who require prosthesis or orthotic devices.

The original article, published by the Evening Express and wrote by Catriona Stewart, can be accessed here.


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