Friday, March 26, 2010

The World's Premier 10k Run for Charity.

The World’s Premier 10k Run for Charity

            Kanteerava Stadium, Bangalore - May 23, 2010

Run for a cause, run for
the elders at Omashram
Old Age Home.

This is an earnest appeal to all of you to come forward and provide meaningful support to your favourite charity - Omashram Old Age Home, Bangalore. Please get your family, friends and colleagues involved by requesting them to support your run.

Yes, registrations for Running for a Sunfeast World 10K Run has started and registration forms are available in various outlets + online registration too is possible. Please note that the latest run registration related information will always be at Please visit there for more details.

Registration charges are Rs 100/ 200/- depending on the category. And if you are running in Marathon for a cause and raising funds for a cause you believe in, it is Rs 300/-. And of course we know that you will be running for Omashram Elders. It’s just registration charge for running which goes to the organisers. Be it any cause, any organisation, please come ahead and register and show your concern for social world. Omashram Trust has been registered as a charity for this run. For updates on organisations registered and participating in run log on to

Thanks and looking forward for your valuable support to the Elders at Omashram Old Age Home.

Blessings from the Elders at Omashram.

For any help, please contact Mrs. Geeta Shankar, Managing Trustee, Omashram Trust. Phone: 9845567663

Monday, March 22, 2010

Sunfeast World 10K Marathon for Charity

Run for a cause, Run for
the Elders at Omashram Old Age Home.

The annual fund raising event - Sunfeast World 10 K Bangalore is here again.

On May 23, 2010 at Kanteerava Stadium, Bangalore
Please come forward to help your favourite charity- Omashram, to raise substantial donations during this event. Omashram needs funds for its Building Fund. The present target is Rs. 2 Crores. You can help in many ways:

*Be an iCare runner. Create your own fundraising page on the Bangalore care website, circulate the link and reach ot to more people.

*Be a Care Champion. Register as a Care Champion by committing to raise at least Rs. 1 lakh for Omashram.

*For Corporates, build your employee teams by registering your corporate teams with an upfront non-refundable payment of Rs. 1.5 lakhs. Enhance your companies image and meet your CSR obligations.

You could also participate along with other running groups for Omashram Trust during the event and support Omashram Banner. For more information, visit:

Printable version of the entry forms are available at: Hurry! The last day for submitting entry is 30th April ,2010.
Omashram Trust is a charitable trust founded in the year 2001 with the objective of providing care and succor to the old.

The trust is now into the ninth year of its existence. The past eight years have been years of struggle and considerable odds to keep this fledgling institution afloat. We have been able to continue to do this good work through the benevolence extended by kind-hearted, altruistic individuals and corporate donors alike.Omashram provides residential care with full boarding & lodging facility with medical care, nursing care to the old belonging mostly to poor & middle class (above 60 years of age) of all denominations. At present the facility is housed in three separate rented premises all located nearby in the Vijaya Bank colony, Bilekahalli, Bannerghatta Road, Bangalore South with a total capacity of 50 residents.

Blessings from the elders at Omashram
How to Donate: Amount of donation may be paid on line via:

On line donations from abroad may kindly be paid via
For more details contact Mrs. Geeta Shankar: 9845567663
Omashram Trust, 850, 5th Cross, 11th Main, Vijaya Bank Colony, Bilekahalli, Bannerghatta Road, Bangalore 560 076, INDIA. Phone: 080-26581682 Mobile:9845567663 email:

Monday, December 21, 2009

The Wooden Bowl

The Wooden Bowl

By Ramona Moreno Winner, BrainStorm3000

A frail old man went to live with his son, daughter-in-law, and four-year grandson. The old man's hands trembled, his eyesight was blurred, and his step faltered. The family ate together at the table. But the elderly grandfather's shaky hands and failing sight made eating difficult. Peas rolled off his spoon onto the floor. When he grasped the glass, milk spilled on the tablecloth.

The son and daughter-in-law became irritated with the mess. "We must do something about Grandfather," said the son. "I've had enough of his spilled milk, noisy eating, and food on the floor". So the husband and wife set a small table in the corner. There, Grandfather ate alone while the rest of the family enjoyed their dinners together.

Since Grandfather had broken a dish or two, his food was served in a wooden bowl. When the family glanced in Grandfather's direction, sometimes he had a tear in his eye as he sat alone. Still, the only words the couple had for him were sharp admonitions when he dropped a fork or spilled food.

The four-year-old watched it all in silence. One evening before supper, the father noticed his son playing with wood scraps on the floor. He asked the child sweetly, "What are you making?" Just as sweetly, the boy responded, "Oh, I am making a little bowl for you and Mama to eat your food in when you get old." The four year old smiled and went back to work.

The words so struck the parents that they were speechless. Then tears started to stream down their cheeks. Though no word was spoken, both knew what must be done. That evening the husband took Grandfather's hand and gently led him back to the family table. For the remainder of his days he ate every meal with the family. And for some reason, neither husband nor wife seemed to care any longer when a fork was dropped, milk spilled, or the tablecloth soiled.

Omashram Trust, 850, 5th Cross, 11th Main, Vijaya Bank Colony, Bilekahalli, Bannerghatta Road, Bangalore 560 076, INDIA. Phone: 080-26581682 Mobile:9845567663
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Monday, December 14, 2009

4th Unit of Omashram Old Age Homes inaugurated

Shri Cousalya Raman, the oldest male resident of Omashram
inaugurates the 4th Unit.

Mohan Pai, Founder Chairman of Omashram Trust helps Shri Cousalya Raman light the lamp. Geeta Shankar, Managing Trustee on the right.

Sathyanarayana Puja in progress

The 4th Unit of Omashram Old Age Homes at Devarchikkanhalli was inaugurated on Sunday, December 13, 2009.The new prmises with a large garden space will accommodate 25 additional abandoned elderly taking the total number of Omashram community to 60 old residents.

Satyanarayana Puja was performed on the occasion followed by lunch for the elderly residents, visitors & staff.

Mrs. Uma Pai(Inner Wheel, Koramangala) brought a group of blid singers from Samarthanam and their recital enlivened the occasion.

Uma Pai & Blind singers from Samarthana

Residents of Omashram


Lunch Time
                                                                                                                                              Chandraprabha & Megha

Dedicated staff of Omashram

                                                                                                               Lata & Geeta, dancing away.

Contact us:

Omashram Trust, 850, 5th Cross, 11th Main, Vijaya Bank Colony, Bilekahalli, Bannerghatta Road, Bangalore 560 076, INDIA. Phone: 080-26581682 Mobile:9845567663 email:
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Sunday, December 13, 2009

Self-Portrait Group, Bangalore

From Self-Portrait Group, Bangalore with Love

A five-member team of Help-Portrait group of Bangalore descended at Omashram on the morning of December 12, 2009. Their mission: Shoot portrait pictures of all the old folks at Omashram and give it absolutely free to each resident of Omashram. This is indeed a novel and unique idea to help and create awareness for social causes.

The team members were 1. Indu Antony 2. Aditya Mukherji 2. Rahul Menon 4. Anwar Donald 5. Kshitiz Anand - all of them enthusiastic and avid photographers. The team spent the whole day at Omashram chatting with the the old folks of Omashram and shooting their portraits.


The brainchild of celebrity photographer Jeremy Cowart, Help-Portrait is a movement of photographers, coming together in every major city, to use their photography skills to give back to the community. On December 12th, photographers around the world will be grabbing their cameras, finding people in need, and taking their picture.

When the prints are ready, the photographs get delivered. Yep. It really is that easy. And by the way, we don't want to see your photos. This is about GIVING the pictures, not taking them. These portraits are not for your portfolio, website, or for sale. Money isn't involved here.

Thank you Self-Portrait Group for the initiative and your concern for the OLD at OMASHRAM.

Mohan Pai,
Founder & Chairman,
Omashram Trust.
December 13, 2009

Friday, December 4, 2009

Invitation - Inauguration of Unit 4 of Omashram Old Age Homes

An invitation to all our donors, friends & well-wishers.

Omashram Trust, Bangalore

cordially invite you to the inauguration of
the 4th unit of Omashram Old Age Homes
at Devarchikkanhalli, Bannerghatta Road,
Bangalore 560 076
on December 13, 2009 at 10.30 a.m.
and for Satyanarayan Puja
being performed at the venue.
Omashram Trust is happy to announce the launch of its fourth unit located in the same compound as Unit no. 2 in peaceful and serene surroundings with a large garden space. The new unit will accommodate 20-25 additional old & abandoned elderly residents with full board taking the total community of the old folks to 55-60 elderly.

Mohan Pai,
Founder & Chairman
Geeta Shankar,
Managing Trustee,
Prarthana Unkalkar,

December 3, 2009
R.S.V.P. Geeta Shankar: 9845567663

Saturday, November 14, 2009

World Diabetes Day - 14th November

World Diabetes Day – November 14

Diabetes is a condition where in the body does not produce enough insulin or produces ineffective insulin leading to an increase in blood sugar levels.

What do the recent statistics say?

India, China, US in the order is the top three countries having the largest number of Diabetic population. India has been termed as the ‘DIABETIC CAPITAL OF THE WORLD’. Statistics reveal that there are approximately 33 million adults with diabetes in India. This number is likely to increase to 57.2 million by the year 2025. People dread this disorder and some have the trouble of accepting that they have diabetes and making the required modification in their lifestyle. These problems arise if you do not know the facts about Diabetes. Here are some of the FAQ which will help to bust certain myths and make you aware of the facts.

How do I know if I have Diabetes?

The early stages of diabetes have very few symptoms, so you may not know you have the disease. Symptoms of diabetes may include the following:

· Extreme thirst

· Extreme hunger

· Frequent urination

· Sores or bruises that heal slowly

· Dry, itchy skin

· Unexplained weight loss

· Blurry vision

· Unusual tiredness or drowsiness

· Tingling or numbness in the hands or feet

· Frequent or recurring skin, gum, bladder or vaginal yeast infections

Screening is usually done with a blood test. Blood test during fasting as well as after having meals (post prandial) would be a good indicator to find out whether a person is diabetic or not. Fasting blood sugar for a normal person should be between 80-125mg/dl.

Some of you may say, “I am just 30+ yrs old; I will not get Diabetes, so why should I worry about it now?”

More and more young people between the ages of 30-45 are becoming prone to Diabetes. It is no longer a disease for the aged! The main reason being changes in lifestyle pattern i.e. major deviations in diet; decreased physical activity due to improved transportation and availability of energy-saving devices; a high level of mental stress associated with modernization. So if you have any two of the risk factors like a family history of Diabetes, overweight, a sedentary lifestyle accompanied by stress then you are more likely to end up having high blood sugar levels. So keep a tab on the risk factors and get yearly health check up done.

Some of you may say, “My parents are Diabetic; I will get the disease anyway, so in what way I can prevent this by taking precautions?”

If you follow a healthy lifestyle like having a well balanced diet with good amount of exercise every day, try to maintain your body weight in the normal range and also know how to handle stress then chances are that you might end up not having Diabetes at all or at least delay the onset of the disease.

Some may ask a question, “I am taking medications for Diabetes; my sugar levels are well controlled, I avoid sugar wherever possible; then what should I do more on diet/exercise?

Managing Diabetes most effectively involves a three prong approach…., Diet, exercise and medications. This goes a long way in preventing fluctuations in blood sugar levels and also in preventing the complications. Good news for recently diagnosed diabetics! You can maintain blood sugar levels without popping any pills! This is possible by following a healthy and well balanced diet along with some exercises. Those who are not careful about their diet may end up taking more and more drugs or taking more units of insulin which is a huge strain not only on your purse but also on your overall health. Consulting a team of professionals would help you to manage Diabetes in a controlled manner, minimizing its complications.

Let me tell you now, “What precautions should you take to prevent Diabetes?”

The main risk factors for the onset of Diabetes can be divided into two parts – modifiable and non-modifiable.

· Non-modifiable include – high racial susceptibility to Diabetes and family history of Diabetes

· Modifiable include – unhealthy eating habits, sedentary lifestyle, overweight and central obesity, high stress levels

Modifiable risk factors are in your hands! You need to take precautions against them and ensure that you can delay/prevent the onset of this disorder.

So are you motivated enough to do what it takes to prevent Diabetes?

Do you want to know the best way to prevent Diabetes?

Do you want to know how to take the first step towards the prevention?

Are you worried about the health of your family and want to safe guard it?

The slogan of World Diabetes Day 2009 is “Understand Diabetes and Take Control”

Prevention is lot more economical than the cost of recovery!

So what are you waiting for? Act now. If you want Health Managers to help manage your Risk….Contact us to take the first step towards good health!

Courtesy: 2mpower Health Management Services Private Ltd.
#658, 17th D Main, 6th Block, Near Koramangala Club, Koramangala, Bangalore-560095
Phone: +91 80 4143 5601/02, Email:, Website:
Omashram Trust, 850, 5th Cross, 11th Main, Vijaya Bank Colony, Bilekahalli, Bannerghatta Road, Bangalore 560 076, INDIA. Phone: 080-26581682 Mobile:9845567663


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