Fr. George Puthooran did not think of his differently baled leg, when he was about to skydive at Nottingham in England. The only thing in his mind was the faces of cancer patients who seek a helping hand fo treatment. Through skydiving, the Father and his team earned Rs 40 lakh for helping the poor. Fr. George Puthoor, who is the priest in Cardiff St. Peters Church in Britain, was previously the priest in Panakkod Church in the Latin Diocese of Neyyattinkara. The Father skydived from a height of 15,000 feet, ignoring the disability of his right leg affected with Polio by birth.
His colleague and Malayali priest Fr. Roy also took part in the skydiving with Fr. George. The 11member team along with their trainer jumped from a small aircraft of a private airways company in Britain. When the aircraft reached an altitude of 15,000 feet, the members opened the door and jumped into the clouds one by one. They flew in a speed of 200 km per hour till they reached a distance of 8000 mteres from the ground, and then used a parachute to land smoothly.
The team participated in the skydiving after 3 days of training. All the team members were Malayalis, including a few industrialists. Father said that the Rs 40 lakh earned through this adventure would be used for the treatment of cancer patients and financially backward people. Fr. George Puthoor, son of Puthoor Abraham and Elikkutty from Idukki, had resigned from his government job to join the Rosminians Novitiate for attaining priesthood. Also, he had achieved PhD in Philosophy and Theology from the Universtiy of Rome. Neyyattinkara Bishop Vincent Samuel and Panakkod Parish believers appreciated Fr. George’s attempt.