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By CRF editor, Nov 19 2017 11:43AM

Since 2016 Calcutta Rescue has had a volunteer role of Global Public Health Fellow. Our current Fellow Dr Marcello is building on the work of his predecessor Dr Amy to help CR increase our impact through quality improvement, community mapping and audits of need and health outcomes. He is refreshing the training the of our street medicine field workers on a range of medical and public health topics to enable them to deliver more effective health education, and will be training them in basic triage. He also brings clinical expertise in TB, which remains a serious health problem in Kolkata.

By CRF editor, Sep 21 2017 07:37AM

Calcutta Rescue is taking part in the Durga Pujo organised by London Sharad Utsav in Ealing at the end of the month and we would love to see you at our stand there.

Fairtrade handicrafts produced by the charity will be on sale, and there will be the chance to take part in a quiz to test your knowledge of Kolkata.

The address is Ealing Town Hall, New Broadway, London W5 2BY, and we will be there during the day on Friday, September 29 and Saturday, September 30.

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By CRF editor, Sep 21 2017 07:32AM

The Annual General Meeting of Calcutta Rescue Fund will be held at 3.30pm on 18th November 2017, at 100 Star Street, London W2 1QF. All welcome

By CRF editor, May 6 2017 11:23AM

Dr Jack Preger MBE, founder of Calcutta Rescue, was named Philanthropist of the Year at a star-studded Asian Awards ceremony in London (Friday, May 5 2017).

The award recognises his extraordinary contribution to helping the poorest of the poor in Kolkata for the past 38 years.

It is the first time a living person not of Asian origin has been honoured at the awards, though Mother Teresa received a posthumous award last year.

During the presentation at the Park Lane Hilton by actor and comedian Sanjeev Bhaskar, Dr Jack, as he is known, was described as: “truly an outstanding individual who defines the meaning of philanthropy.”

Dr Jack told the audience, which included cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar and London’s mayor Sadiq Khan plus a host of other celebrities: “This is an incredible honour for me. This award gives my organisation, Calcutta Rescue, street med cred - and that’s a great help in this country for our support groups raising funds. It’s a great help in Kolkata. Financially it really is so difficult to keep an organisation going nowadays.

The fact that I’m not Asian makes it even more impressive this award than for me receiving it.

Jaydeep Chakraborty, chief executive of Calcutta Rescue, said: “Dr Jack has selflessly and quietly gone about his work of serving some of the poorest citizens in the world. He leads an almost monastic existence.

“The entire team at Calcutta Rescue feels tremendous pride that Dr Jack’s work is finally beginning to be recognised.”

Now 86, Dr Jack still lives in Kolkata helping run Calcutta Rescue, motivating staff, caring for patients and continuing to inspire supporters around the globe.

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