Kottayam zonal activities under Asakiranam – Cancer Care Campaign were inaugurated at Kottayam Social Service Society on Wednesday, 13th January 2016 by Hon. District Collector, Kottayam – Shri. U.V. Jose. Asakiranam is a comprehensive project for Prevention and Care of Cancer envisaged by Caritas India – the national organization of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India (CBCI) for social services – and implemented through the Diocesan Social Service Societies in India. The Metropolitan Archbishop of Changanacherry – Mar Joseph Perumthottam chaired the function. Rev. Fr. Frederick D’Souza, Executive Director, Caritas India delivered the keynote address and Rev. Fr. Paul Moonjely, Asst. Director, Caritas India gave the project details. Very Rev. Fr. Michael Vettickat, Vicar General of Kottayam Archdiocese distributed the assistance to Cancer patients and Mr. James Thomas Plakkithottiyil, Chairman, Ettumanoor Municipality inaugurated the Charity Box. Around 550 people participated in the inaugural function in which Executive Directors of Kerala Social Service Forum, Kottayam Social Service Society, Changanacherry Social Service Society, Vijayapuram Social Service Society, Malanadu Development Society, Pala Social Welfare Society and Caritas India Zonal Manager Dr. V. R. Haridas, State Officer Mr. P.J. Varkey delivered felicitations.