| Dr Mrinmayee Baruah, secretary, Deepsikha Cancer Care Foundation, talks to reporters on Monday. Picture by UB Photos |
Nov. 19: Students of about 20 schools here will raise their voice to create awareness on cancer by participating in a walkathon on November 24.
The walkathon, organised here by Deepsikha Cancer Care Foundation as part of its annual day celebration on November 24-25, will start at 9am from Gauhati Commerce College and end at Nehru Stadium on B. Booroah Road.
Apart from the walkathon, the foundation will also hold a competition on cancer awareness for school students and the public in general. A cultural show is also being organised at Pragjyotika ITA complex at Machkhowa here to raise funds for treatment of cancer patients. Bollywood actor and theatre personality Rakesh Bedi and his troupe will stage a play, Bibi Bibi, during the event.
“Like every year we have organised our annual event to generate awareness on cancer care as well as raise funds for the treatment of cancer patients. On the first day we have arranged a walkathon where students from about 20 schools in the city will walk carrying banners with various messages on cancer care. Though the walkathon has been organised for school students, others are also welcome to participate. This will be followed by a competition at Nehru Stadium, where the participants have to speak on any topic related to cancer. The participant who will be able to provide more information on his chosen topic through his talk will be adjudged the best,” said Abhimanyu Das, life member of the Deepsikha Cancer Care Foundation.
The Deepsikha Cancer Care Foundation has so far arranged for the treatment of over 100 economically weak cancer patients in the state. It also runs a helpdesk at the B. Booroah Cancer Institute in the city to provide and guide patients and their relatives on the ways to go about their treatment here as well as in cancer hospitals situated in other parts of the country.
“Every year we organise a cultural programme, mainly in the form of a concert to raise funds for patients. This year, a hilarious play, Bibi Bibi, will be staged by Bollywood actor Rakesh Bedi and his troupe, who will arrive in the city soon. We have so far sold about 500 tickets and the money earned from their sale will be donated for the welfare of cancer patients. Tickets for the show are available at select outlets in the city. We are hopeful that people will like the show,” said Das.
“There are many unlettered cancer patients, especially from rural areas who do not know where and how to avail of treatment. We provide guidance and assistance to them. If a cancer patient has to travel outside the state for treatment, our branches in different cities in the country also arrange for their accommodation,” added Das.