NCC cadets endeavour to create awareness of cancer

RALLYING FOR A CAUSE: Vellore Collector S. Gopalakrishnan flags off the return journey of the NCC cadets to Chennai near the Gandhi statue in Vellore on Thursday morning. Photo: S.S. Kumar  

P.V.V. Murthi

Students of The New College take out a motorcycle rally from Chennai to Vellore

VELLORE: "Cigarette smoking and chewing tobacco leads to cancer. But, the disease is curable." This is the message that 20 motorcycle-borne National Cadet Corps (NCC) cadets from The New College, Chennai, conveyed to members of the public during their motorcycle rally from Chennai to Vellore.

Commencing their tour from the college premises on Wednesday, the cadets led by Zahid Hussain, Company Commander-NCC Army Wing, 2 Company, 1 Tamil Nadu Battalion NCC, The New College covered Padappai in Kancheepuram district and Ranipet, Arcot, Melvisharam and wayside villages in Vellore district before reaching Sathuvachari on the outskirts of Vellore where they were received by the officials of Vellore Aavin and the Home Guards.

Captain Zahid Hussain said the cadets stopped at small towns and villages, especially in front of petty shops selling cigarettes and beedies, and orally conveyed the message that cancer could be prevented by avoiding smoking and chewing tobacco and that the disease was curable. Later, they distributed pamphlets containing the message to shop-owners, smokers and members of the public.

The Vellore Collector, S. Gopalakrishnan, flagged off the return journey of the cadets at a function in front of the Gandhi statue here on Thursday. On their return, the cadets visited Melvisharam and proceeded on their mission.