DAANA Day of Service, August 2019
The Deccan Alumni Association of North America (DAANA) started a day of service this year to display unity, stewardship and local community engagement. This was done in the month of August with local alumni participating along with their family and friends. It was a day for us to give back to our local community and our youth led the way. It was an eye opener for many of the young participants.
Each group went out into their community and showed support to a local organization of their choice. We had several groups go to their local food banks while another group participated in a shoe drive. Each group helped in their own way. Those groups that went to food banks helped clean and package food items while the group that helped with the shoe drive not only collected shoes, but they participated in packaging new pairs of shoes that will be sent across the US. Each experience was different at each location.
This day was not just a day for us, but it was a day to show our communities we are there for them. It was a day to show our youth that it’s good to get out there and help individuals in their community. Dr. Martin Luther King once said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, what are you doing for others”.
Here are some pictures from our Day of Service:
Peoria, IL August 29th, 2019
Midwest Food Bank
Volunteers participated in packaging food that will be donated to the non-profit organizations and disaster relief.
Austin, TX August 24th, 2019
Central Texas Food Bank
Volunteers participated in sorting, cleaning and discarding expired food.
Richmond, Virginia August 15th, 2019
Soles4Souls Shoe Warehouse
Volunteers participated in a shoe drive and assisted with sorting, pairing and packaging.
Chicago, IL August 24th, 2019
Northern Illinois Food Bank in Geneva, IL
Volunteers participated in packing, labeling and storing canned food items.
Houston, TX August 17th, 2019
ICNA food pantry and warehouse in Houston, TX
Volunteers participated in stocking, preparation and delivery of food carts. Also clothes distribution
Dallas, TX August 24th, 2019
Sorting and packing boxes of clothes for refugees.
Helping Hand for Relief and Development in Richardson, TX
Minnesota, August 24th, 2019
Served at “People serving People”
It was a humbling experience for the team
Thank you to all that participated in the events!
News report prepared by:
Missie Thacker, DAANA Administrative Assistant
Dr. Baseer Qazi, DAANA BOD
Dr. Farha Ikramuddin, DAANA BOD
Deccan College of Medical Sciences Alumni launch Alumni Association and Charity Organization
DALLAS, Texas-August 6, 2016 – More than 100 Deccan College of Medical Sciences alumni gathered in Dallas, TX to launch the first-ever Deccan Alumni Association of North America (DAANA) and charity organization at an inaugural reunion convention on August 6-7, 2016. Alumni from the 1984 batch on up came from across the U.S. as well as Canada, the UK, Middle East and India. The family-oriented event, which drew more than 300 guests, included speeches, entertainment, presentation of charitable goals and a CME event.
Organizers worked around the clock for months to organize this heavily-anticipated event for DCMS alumni, especially those settled in North America. The purpose was twofold: To bring together DCMS alumni and focus on reunions, recollections and building new connections, and to lay out plans for the alumni association and its upcoming charitable endeavors to take place in North America, Hyderabad and other parts of the world.
The main event, held at the Marriott Las Colinas, was a fun-filled evening that kicked off with a red carpet welcome for all the alumni, hors d oeuvres and introductions by Dr. Qutub Khan and Dr. Khaudeja Bano.
Dr. Qutub Khan, emceed the event, and proceedings started with Qirat followed by a welcome speech by Dallas-based host Dr. Aijaz Khan. This was followed by a tribute to departed DCMS alumni by Dr. Mateen A. Dawood and Dr. Mohammed Aslam. Dr. Mustafa Akif provided comic relief with his hilarious Dakkani Shayari followed by a comedy show by Dr. Ismail Shakaib about his early experiences in the U.S.
Dr. Raza Khan, DAANA’s newly elected President, and Dr. M. Taruj Ali, Secretary gave speeches highlighting the history of this organization, its mission and vision for the future.
“DAANA is an alumni organization for all DCMS graduates and is a registered 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization based in the U.S. Its mission is to foster collaborative relationships between alumni of Deccan College of Medical Sciences through educational and cultural programs and to help the underprivileged through philanthropic activities,” said Dr. M. Taruj Ali.
The current Board of Directors for DAANA includes Dr. Raza Khan (President), Dr. M. Taruj Ali (Secretary), Dr. Iqbal Kapadia (Treasurer), Dr. Wase Qawi, Dr. Khaudeja Bano, Dr. Aijaz Khan, Dr. Mohammed Moizuddin, Dr. Qutub Khan and Dr. Mujahid Ali Syed. There are more board positions that are still to be filled.
Dr. AR Khan, a Dallas-based ophthalmologist, gave a speech on “Raising Children in the West.” Dr Yasmin Ansari delivered the vote of thanks and announced the city of Chicago as the venue for next DAANA Family Convention in summer of 2018.
Baby sitting and fun activities for kids were arranged by Dr. Mehvish Afrina with the help of teenage volunteers.
A lavish dinner was followed by an exciting entertainment program by a Qawwali group. Dr. Naser Mujeeb and Dr. Syed A Hannan showed off their singing talent and kept the audience enthralled late into the night. Souvenir mugs commemorating the event were arranged for all the alumni in attendance by Dr. Taher Ali Khan.
Alumni also attended a CME event on August 7, arranged by Dr. Yasmin Ansari (CME chair) and Dr. Fawad Khan (CME co-chair). The event attracted more than 60 physicians and was fully accredited by Oregon Health Sciences University for CME credit. Dr. Shahnoor Khan and Dr. Raza Khan spoke at DAANA’s first CME event on mental illnesses in the Southeast Asian population and on physician burnout. Dr Khaudeja Bano spoke on alternate career paths for physicians. CME was followed by a brunch for all the alumni and their families.