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Odisha Society UK 2013 Convention

Esther Hyman was invited to speak at the 2013 Odisha Society UK convention

The Indian State of Odisha is home to the Miriam Hyman Children's Eye Care Centre. The Odisha Society UK comprises most, if not all. of the UK's 200 or so Odiya families. Each year they hold a convention to gather, celebrate their unique culture and to have fun together!

This year's convention was organised by Dr Biswa Mishra and his team, in Chorley, Lancashire. Thanks to some timely introductions, Dr Mishra kindly invited Esther to speak on Sunday 25 August. This was the introduction to the Odiya community that we at the MHMT have been eagerly awaiting.

Esther felt humbled and full of gratitude for the way she was welcomed to the convention. She says:
Thank you so much for inviting me to represent the Miriam Hyman Memorial Trust, for allowing me to speak at the event, for welcoming me so warmly, listening so attentively, offering your support and donating your raffle proceeds to the MHMT. I would like to take this opportunity to say how delighted and privileged we feel to have had the chance to finally get acquainted with the UK Odiya community. Thanks on our part to you, Dr Mishra and your team, for your hard work in organising the 2013 event.

Esther very much hopes to attend next year's event, which will be held in Wales, not least because the food was so good!

Thank you from all at the MHMT to all at OSUK for a wonderful day and a wonderful introduction.

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