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Ghazal Khazana: In the dramatic interiors of the Regal Room of The Oberoi, Mumbai, the most talented Ghazal singers of India performed together on a single stage for a noble cause. CPAA and Parents Association Thalassemic Unit Trust (PATUT) along-with The Oberoi Mumbai presented a Ghazal Khazana a festival of Ghazals to raise funds for the respective causes on 29th and 30th July 2011. This annual event provides a rare opportunity for Ghazal aficionados to experience the rich and vibrant performances of India finest talent. In its 10th year now, the festival was dedicated to veteran singer KL Saigal- the first singer to record ghazals on long-playing records (LPs). Shri Rajendra Mehta, Pankaj Udhas, Talat Aziz, Anup Jalota, Richa Sharma, Pt. Ajay Pohankar, Abhijeet Pohankar, Ustad Rashid Khan, Bhupindra and Mitali Singh, Ahmen Hussain, Mohammed Hussain, Jaspinder Narula, Kavita Seth and many more. The fest also featured two new artistes Pooja Gaitonde and Kaamod Arbedwar highlighting their Ghazal and Sufi talent.

The Oberoi Hotel holds an annual event called ‘Melting Pot’ involving 25 Consulates, showcasing food and culture from their countries. Funds are raised at the gala event through ticket sales and auction of various items. Funds from the event are donated to one or more chosen charities, which must make a 10 minute presentation to Oberoi Hotel, the Consular Corps and the Rotary Club of Bombay, the three main partners in this event. CPAA's Piali Syam delivered a powerful presentation created by Aditi Bapat, due to which CPAA has been chosen as one of 3 chosen charities this year. The event will be held on 16 October when CPAA will also get a chance to interact with luminaries from different countries and inform them on our various activities.

Arushi Hukku, a student from Michigan, US and Ketaki Karnik, Master in Public Health, University of Pune carried out a study on the effectiveness of CPAA's screening programme in raising awareness and educating women about breast cancer. 221 women who have attended our clinics and camps during the period December 2010 to February 2011 were interviewed over the telephone. All of them remembered having attended the check up even after 9 months. 96% expressed satisfaction regarding their experience and said that they continue to do Breast Self Examination regularly. 93% said that they will come for a check-up again next year.

The Academy for Educational Development [AED], Washington, DC and Whistling Woods Institute, Mumbai organised an exchange program, called ‘Filmmaking Tools for Education Program’ bringing young media and NGO professionals from Iran to India for four-week courses on how to use documentary tools for educational video production. CPAA was one of the NGOs chosen to collaborate with the group to create a social documentary short about our work, utilizing the training and resources the students gained through the program. The students, Reyhane Moradi, Maryam Papi, Kaveh Pouladin, Ashfaque Chand and Kanchi Parikh created a film on oral cancer in India.

CPAA in association with Rotary Club of Mumbai Queen’s Necklace donated 2 water purifiers to Dadar Police Station on 16 August 2011.

New Delhi:
Kiss Goodbye to Cancer: Avon India in association with Cancer Patients Aid Association launched a new campaign ‘Kiss Goodbye to Breast Cancer’, a unique initiative to create awareness about Breast Cancer. Held over 3 weekends in July in Delhi’s premier malls, the campaign invited people to buy Kiss Cards for a nominal cost of Rs 50/- each and get a chance to participate in interactive activities. The Grand Finale event took place in Ambience Mall, Gurgaon with renowned models like Tina Chatwal and Amanpreet Wahi joining the programme as special guests.

An awareness activity, this campaign saw Tina and Amanpreet interacting with general public in the mall, inviting the audience to donate for the cause of Breast Cancer. Their passion for the cause encouraged many to participate in various interactive games, including a quiz on Breast Cancer facts. There was a lot of participation from the audience and the winners got the chance to win some exciting prizes from Hilton Hotel & Wonders of the World amusement park.

The Grand Finale witnessed enthused crowd who were excited to buy the Kiss Cards and give a donation. The event culminated with a Pink Ribbon human formation lead by the renowned models. The funds raised through the activities will be given to Cancer Patients Aid Association for Breast Cancer Awareness.

Hotel Hilton (Saket) invited CPAA to conduct an awareness program on Breast and Cervical cancer for their women employees on 23 August. Dr. Deepali Kapoor (Counseling Psychologist, Indraprastha Apollo Hospital) conducted this informative and interactive session with an overwhelming response from the participants. Her lecture helped tackle many cancer-related myths which the participants had and encouraged to look after themselves and to go for periodic check-ups as required.

Padmashri Dr Ketayun Ardeshir Dinshaw, internationally renowned cancer specialist and former Director of Tata Memorial Centre lost her personal battle to the disease she fought for 4 decades on 26th August. As an outstanding doctor, mentor, friend and administrator Dr. Dinshaw could harness goodwill and bring about a sea change in so many aspects of cancer management, education and research in the country. She always nurtured voluntary groups. We at CPAA were like her extended family and feel that we have lost a friend, philosopher and guide. It will be a tall order to live up to her exacting standards and expectations but her legacy has to be carried forward ...

(Adapted from a memorial written by Dr. Rajiv Sarin, Director, ACTREC)


Forthcoming Events

October: Satya Paul will showcase his ‘Pink Collection’ designed especially to observe Breast Cancer Awareness month, on 31 October 2011 at Hotel Imperial, New Delhi. Professional models, eminent women & breast cancer survivors will showcase these clothes on the ramp, choreographed Harmeet Bajaj. This event will focus on spreading awareness about breast cancer amongst women and simultaneously raise funds to support poor cancer patients who cannot afford the expensive treatments.

STATISTICS (July -  August)

Cancer Screening
Camps / Clinics 31
Screenings 805
Suspected cases 338
Detected cases 2

Patient Care
Total Aid - Rs. 7,89,791
Patients Aided 400
Patients Counseled 3,066
Information/Literature 2,534
Ward / room visits 1,048
Ambulance service to 2,192

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