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World No Tobacco Day 2014: Theme Raise Taxes on Tobacco: World No Tobacco Day is a global event established to call attention to the impact of tobacco use on public health and reduce individual tobacco dependence.

Mumbai: This year CPAA and the BEST undertaking joined hands to declare all BEST buses Tobacco-Free. This declaration was made in the presence of actor Vivek Oberoi, cricketer Vinod Kambli and BEST Chairman Mr. Arun Dudhwadkar. The inauguration was followed by a mock funeral of a tobacco habitue, a ENT and Dental Checkup camp for 200 BEST employees, distribution of free voice prosthesis to deserving cancer patients and the initiation of a Quit Tobacco Program for BEST Employees.

Three 3 ENT Screening camps were organised between May 28 - 31 at Yashwant Natya Mandir for 60 artists and backstage artists; at Yerawada Jail - Pune for 296 inmates and at Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd, Kandivili for 235 employees.

New Delhi: On May 31, an awareness program was held at Select City Walk, Saket, New Delhi. The program began with an interactive quiz on the ill-effects of tobacco. This was followed by two informative and educative performances. The first was a dance performance by the Delhi Dance Academy students, displaying placards with anti-tobacco messages. The second was a street play by the artists of Song and Drama Division of Information and Broadcast Ministry, portraying how tobacco abuse not only disrupts a smokers life but also that of his entire family and the community. CPAA Volunteers collected signatures on a mock cigarette, from the audience pledging support to the theme of raising taxes on tobacco products to reduce its consumption. Badges with the message 'Tobacco free world' were also distributed.

Pune: Awareness talks on cancer and the ill-effects of tobacco were held at the construction sites of Rohan Builders at Sinhagad Road and at Viman Nagar on the May 15 and 23 respectively by Dr. Shree Inamdar; at the Market Yard on May 19 by Dr. Chetan Deshmukh. Over 800 individuals benefited from these talks which emphasised on oral cancer and the harmful effects of the use of tobacco products.

Cancer detection camps were held at the Market Yard on May 19; at the PMT Swargate Depot on May 26 and at the Katraj Depot on May 28 for their workers and staff. Over 200 individuals were screened at these camps by a team of doctors and technicians from Ruby Hall Hospital and Bharti Hospital.

Hotel Panchratna, Pune hosted a Poster Competition for schools and colleges on May 30. Winners were given prizes sponsored by Pride Hotel, Courtyard Marriott, Innvenue Hospitality (Baker's Basket) and Krushnai Water Park. Dr. Chetan Deskmukh addressed the patients, winners and their parents. Mr. Yogesh Supekar entertained the audience with his mimicry. Everyone enjoyed the high tea and snacks served by the hotel.


Caring With Style: The Ninth edition of 'Caring With Style' a Fashion Show in support of CPAA, sponsored by Pidilite and spear-headed by Shaina NC was held on May 11 at NSCI Indoor Stadium, Mumbai.

Achievers from various fields walked the ramp in an ensemble especially created by renowned designers Shaina NC and Vikram Phadnis for the occasion. Sadhana, Poonam Dhillon, Tara Sharma, Penaz Masani, Zeeba Kohli, Durga Jasraj, Arzoo Gowatrikar, Sakshi Tanwar, Rashmi Nigam, Rashmi Uday Singh, Perizad Kolah Marshall, Gauhar Khan, Aditi Rao Hydari, Neetu Chandra, Rashmi Desai, Akriti Kakkar, Sheeba, Vidya Malavade, Vivek Oberoi, Piyush Pandey, Madhur Bhandarker, Ronnie Screwalla, Mickey Mehta, Niel Nitin Mukesh, Meing Chang and many more showcased creations made by the designer duo. Performances by singers Shankar and Siddharth Mahadevan, Niti Mohan, Akriti, Sukriti and Prakriti Kakkar enthralled the audience. The evening ended with scintillating performance by ace choreographer Terrance Lewis and his troupe.

Retreat for Champs: A two-day retreat was organised for childhood cancer patients at The Golden Swan Country Club, Thane on May 27 and 28. It was a welcome break for the 16 children aged 12 - 17 years on completion of their treatment cycle. The children thoroughly enjoyed the swimming, boating, trekking, cycling and badminton facilities offered by the club. Deepak Punjabi conducted a self development workshop coupled with games and a quiz. Along-with treatment, it is moments like these that help patients to regain their energies and recharge.

Twinning programme: On May 19, representatives from Trivandrum Medical Trust attended CPAA's Capacity Building programme under UICC's Twinning project. They were familiarised with all the activities and had a one-on-one interaction with all departmental heads. They also attended CPAA's Psycho-Oncology Volunteer training workshop. This programme empowered them with the 'Total Management' philosophy of CPAA to assist them in taking their work forward more effectively.

Colours of Life: CPAA unveiled the collection for its 10th Annual Art Exhibition 'Colours of Life' - Canvas for a Cause, at The Viewing Room, Colaba on June 7. The proceeds raised from this initiative support CPAA's commitments towards cancer patients and their families to fight this unfortunate disease. Hundred renowned Indian artists came together to showcase their work for the noble cause of raising funds for deserving cancer patients.

The artists include K H Ara, Anjolie Ela Menon, Ramendranath Chakravorty, Satish Gujral, Prafulla Dahanukar, Shakti Barman, Sunil Das, Shuvaprassanna, Badri Narayan, Jaideep Mehrotra, Paresh Maity, Jayashree Barman, Samir Mondal, Arzan Khambatta,Sunil Das,Kahini Arte Merchant, Nishant Dange, Bina Aziz, Brinda Chudasama Miller, Ajay De, Kishore Roy, Laxman Aeley, Buwa Shete, Seema Kohli, Soketu Parikh, Nayanaa Kanodia, Lalitha Lajmi, Kalpana Shah, H R Das, Ramesh Gorjala, , Ananya Banerjee, Charan Sharma, Kalpana Shah, Yashwant Shirwadkar, Kishor Nedavdekar among others.

Over time, Colours of Life has become one of the largest art shows in Mumbai representing almost all genres of artists and both artists as well as the art buyers look forward to the show. Politician Priya Dutt and actresses Tara Sharma, Madhoo Shah and Varsha Usgaonkar lit the inaugural lamp at the launch of this year's collection. Also present at the event were Author Shobhaa De, Food critic Rashmi Uday Singh, Director Kalpana Lajmi and Executive Chairman and Creative Director for Ogilvy and Mather India and South Asia Piyush Pandey. Amongst the artists who attended the inauguration were Lalita Lajmi, Hema Joshi, Samir Mondal, Charan Sharma, Brinda Chudasama Miller, Jaideep Mehrotra, Bina Aziz, Kahini Atre Merchant and Ananya Banerjee. The chief guests commended the triumph of 10 childhood cancer patients who have benefitted from the funds raised from this show and presented them with gifts as a memento. The art catalogue, showcasing the collection was especially designed by O&M and sponsored by Club Mahindra. The collection continues to show online at, where interested art purchase works. Those who are interested in buying art and bring a smile on a patients face can have a look at the collection on the website. View Collection | Know more | View Event Gallery | Follow on Facebook

On June 8, cricketer Vinod Kambli's celebrated his son's birthday with thirty childhood cancer patients. The birthday boy and the family participated and enjoyed with their special guests, playing games, dancing and enjoying the treats.

Kellogs Breakfast Campaign: In the month of June, CPAA partnered with Kelloggs Breakfast Campaign in association with its CSR partner United Way. The aim of this campaign was to spread awareness on the importance of building breakfast as a healthy daily habit and to encourage people to pledge to in order to gift their special breakfast kits to underprivileged children. The Kelloggs breakfast kit which included a pack of Kellogg's cereals, a tetra pack of milk, a bowl and spoon, a small pamphlet educating children about the importance of breakfast was distribution through CPAA's network in Mumbai to over 11,000 children at cancer hospitals, school for underprivileged children and orphanages. The schools and institutes covered were Tata Memorial Hospital, ATRECT, Sion Hospital, Earnest Borges Home, St. Jude India Childcare Centre, Swagat Ashram, Sneha Sagar Society, 15 slums under Good Shepherd Convent, Helping Hands, Saraswati Vidya Mandir, G S English High School and Junior College, Good Samaritians, Shelter Don Bosco, Our Lady's Home and many more. Know more >>

On June 22, Director Lillette Dubey held a special preview of her new English play Boiled Beans on Toast by acclaimed playwright Girish Karnad at the Sophia Auditorium to raise funds for CPAA.


Parents Forum: CPAA, Delhi was invited to participate in the Parents Forum organised by the Pediatric Oncology Department of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) on May 12. This forum is held once in three months for the parents and guardians of childhood cancer patients, who are in their initial stages of diagnosis and treatment. The aim of this forum is to give them complete information and support on the facilities available at the hospital and the additional support of the associated NGOs. The importance of hygiene is reiterated and the nutritional advice and tips are given by a dietician. A panel of associate professors and senior residents answer their medical queries too.

Awareness: An anti-tobacco awareness program was organised for the students of class 6 - 8 of the Shiv Nadar School, Gurgaon on May 15. Dr Ali Zamir Khan from Medanta Hospital conducted an interactive and informative session on the misuse of tobacco and harmful effects of smoking cigarettes. He encouraged students to pledge to say 'No' to the very first puff of cigarette if ever offered. The children benefited greatly with the lecture and asked the panel pertinent questions on the same. On May 29, an anti-tobacco and tobacco cessation workshop was conducted by Dr Sajeela Maini for the male staff and a talk on breast and cervical cancer talk by Dr Deepali Kapoor for the female staff of the Indian Oil corporation.

Camp: On May 17, mammogram screenings were done for the forty plus teachers and working staff of Tagore International School, Vasant Vihar in a mobile mammogram van, followed by a clinical breast examination.


On June 13, an awareness talk was conducted at the Mercedes Benz factory, Chakan by Dr. Chetan Deshmukh. The informative and interactive session was followed by a resolving queries of the audience.

Camp: A cancer detection camp was held for over a hundred women of the Talegaon Dhabhade, Malvadi village on June 24. Women detected with a suspicious or pre-cancerous condition were guided to take steps for further testing or appropriate follow-up.

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