They were treated to a host of entertaining activities
CHENNAI: Red balloons, Winnie the Pooh, Noddy and children dancing around them squealing with delight. Sunday morning was filled with fun and entertainment for a group of cancer-afflicted children, and their mothers.
Magic and mimicry shows followed. For one morning, nothing else but fun seemed to matter. As the morning wore on, the children were busy playing pass the balloon to the “big doll” in a Noddy costume, even as many speeches were being made.
“In healthcare, there should be no divide, no child should go without treatment,” Adyar Cancer Institute chairperson V. Shantha said, emphasising that while paediatric cancer had been an area of success, those who come from lower socio economic groups needed support.
“State of the art treatment is provided to all those who need it, so costs are high. We hope many more corporates come forward to help the cause,” she said, promising that all “her children” would definitely live to see tomorrow.
Editor-in-Chief, The Hindu, N. Ram, started with a special acknowledgement of the children present. “This is your day,” he said, wishing them all the best for their future and for their education.
Mr. Ram said the new economy, propelled by the corporates, needed such service-oriented interventions. Corporate social responsibility was important, but underlying it all was humanism, he stressed. “The economy is growing well, but in its midst we have the largest mass of deprivation. What kind of difference can I make is the question that should arise in everyone’s minds,” he said, requesting the Sabari group to provide sustained resources towards this cause.
The event was organised by the Quality Sabari Classic banner at its new hotel in Navalur, as part of its fifth year anniversary celebrations. The hotel also gave Rs.10 lakh to the Adyar Cancer Institute for the treatment and care of cancer-afflicted children, the cheque for which was handed over by managing director of Quality Inn Sabari K.R.V. Ramani to Dr. Shantha.
Following the small ceremony, it was back to fun and games for the children.