Mangaluru, Aug 19, 2019: Dr Lavina Noronha was presented the “Outstanding Community Leaders of Mangalore 2019” award by the International Institute for Public Policy (IIPP), an international organisation based in Mangaluru, for the cause of policy implementation for public good. Dr Noronha has been given the award in recognition of her selfless and dedicated service to the community through her hospice for the terminally ill - ’Ave Maria’.
Max and Jessie Rasquinha, Houston/Dallas, Texas, USA, the Founders of International Orientation Centre and International Institute for Public Policy, had instituted the award. They always cherish Mangaluru as their beloved “Home Sweet Home” even after over 60 years of their leaving Mangaluru, wherever they were while pursuing their daily life.
The award was presented to Dr Noronha by Max Rasquinha on the occasion of the Independence Day celebrations at School of Social Work Roshni Nilaya.
Dr Noronha strives to bring dignity to death and quality of life for those who are terminally ill and have lost hope of life through her Ave Maria Palliative Care Centre in Vamanjoor on the outskirts of Mangaluru.