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DAY OUT WITH GOOFY: Children with life-threatening medical conditions with the Disney character at Apollo Hospitals in Hyderabad on Friday. - Photo: Satish H.
DAY OUT WITH GOOFY: Children with life-threatening medical conditions with the Disney character at Apollo Hospitals in Hyderabad on Friday. - Photo: Satish H.

Staff Reporter

Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy come to Apollo Hospitals

HYDERABAD: As their favourite cartoon characters came down all the way from Disneyland to entertain them exclusively, children with life-threatening medical conditions realised their wish at Apollo Hospitals on Friday.

In conjunction with the Make-A-Wish Foundation of India, Walt Disney brought the real-life characters Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy to cheer up the ailing children and brighten their day.

Attired in colourful costumes, Mickey and his friends poked fun at each other, danced to foot-tapping music regaling over 200 children in the age group of 3 to 18 years suffering from cancer, thalassemia, heart problems, acute diabetes, etc. As performers Rene and John, leading the show, goaded the children to join the fun by clapping and stomping their feet, they did, with ear-to-ear smiles, like their cartoon characters. The parents were happy too looking at the cheerful faces of their children.

Children thrilled

When the show ended, the children had even more fun, trooping to the dais to shake hands with the Disney characters and get their pictures clicked. Karthik, clutching his prized possession of an instant picture, said the show was very good. Viswajeet, who watches cartoons all the time, said the real-life characters were more fun to watch and Mickey was his favourite. Sandhya who underwent heart surgery three weeks ago came with her mother not to miss the rare chance of meeting Mickey and his friends.

Make-A-Wish Foundation CEO Sharmistha Adyanthaya said that the foundation was 10 years old in India and some 2,500 wishes a month were granted to fill the ailing children's lives with moments of joy and excitement. In the city alone, 500 wishes were granted in the last three years. So far, 5,000 children visited Disney parks through the foundation. The Disney event was planned to enable kids who were spending most of their time in hospital care to meet real Disney characters in person.

Well-timed

Apollo Hospitals executive director Sangita Reddy said they worked in association with Make-A-Wish Foundation. "And when we knew that Disney was coming here, we wanted the ailing kids to enjoy the show and invited them here. Disney characters are big thing for children."

K.Seshasaye of Walt Disney TV International (India) said this was the first live show in India across various cities. Working with the foundation since 1980, "Our motto is brightening lives of kids when they need it the most."


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