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Day of roses

Children celebrated "Rose Day" with the special screening of the film "Iqbal."

PAWANPREET KAUR

CELEBRATING HOPE: The children and hosts on "Rose Day."

CELEBRATING HOPE: The children and hosts on "Rose Day."  

While confidently singing, "We shall overcome" in the face of glaring cameras, Nupur, a 10-year-old cancer patient from Patna, would not have been unaware of how fittingly she epitomised the spirit of struggle. Accompanying Nupur for a special screening of the film "Iqbal" were numerous other children, all of whom were cancer patients. As PVR Cinemas jointly with the Cancer Patients Aid Association (CPAA) celebrated "Rose Day" for these children, the message rang loud and clear - we care to bring a smile on the face of these little ones, battling for life, yet smiling in their persistent strife. Kiran Hukku, Zonal Director, CPAA, said, "The concept of `Rose Day' started with the CPAA. And we have been having such yearly events through which we either raise funds for these patients or simply arrange an outing, such as this, for their pleasure."

Lending a helping hand were some well-known faces, who did more than merely add `glamour' to the event. Sushma Seth, Anita Kaul Basu, Manpreet Brar and Shivani Wazir Pasreech, all of whom were present for the event, talked to the children, sang songs with them and spent a good time together.

Manpreet Brar, who has been associated with the CPAA for the past seven years said, "Cancer Patients Aid Association is a committed organisation that does hands-on work to make life easier for cancer patients. And it is simply wonderful to be with these children because they face life with such courage."

The film "Iqbal" based on the life of a child with special ability, has had many special shows for children across Delhi. There was one such show for ASHA's differently-abled children at M2K in Pitampura where former India cricketers like Madan Lal, Chetan Chauhan and Kirti Azad were present. What's more, they gave away signed bats, balls and other cricket equipment to the 40 assembled children.

The children, who seemed quite pleased with the event, liked the film a lot. The choice of the film, "Iqbal", was generally agreed upon as apt for the occasion as it is about overcoming difficulties in life with grace.

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