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Doctors of Soul:
Another highlight event, doctors from the medical profession with a talent for music took centre stage as ‘rock stars’ and raised their voices for CPAA and Cancer on October 1st, 2013 at the St. Andrews Auditorium. Awesome performances by Drs. Abhay Nene, Junaid Alam, Robin Pinto, Brian Pinto, Dilip Nadkarni and Victor and the Crowns left patients and the audience spell-bound. The event hosted by Shahriyar Atai with his rib-tickling humour brought in light moments.
The clincher however was the Winners-in-Life and Nightingale Awards that drew the spotlight on patients who’ve battled their situation with their winning attitude. Recognizing the outstanding resilience of their patients, oncologists across city-hospitals nominated their winning patients from 3 to 93! A panel comprising Dr. Rajan Badwe, Medical Director Tata Memorial Centre and Head, Dept. of Surgery; Dr. Vani Parmar, Tata Memorial Centre; Dr. Hiren Shah, CSR Mazagaon Docks Ltd.; Erica D’Souza RJ 94.3 and CPAA representatives deliberated and zeroed in on the winners who were felicitated at the event.
The Chief Guest for Doctors of Soul was Dr. Anil D’Cruz, Director, Tata Memorial Hospital and his wife Dr. Manisha D’Cruz.
Rose Day 2013 blossomed new initiatives this year like ‘Skipathon’ a fitness cum fund-raising effort by kids for kids. Children from close to 17 schools across Mumbai came on board. "Skipathon stretched the boundaries and re-defined fund-raising in some ways. It involved a fun Q&A on life-style concerns & challenges as part of the one-on-one launch in schools. It then got kids to volunteer and sign up to skip for health and barter those skips to raise money from their social networks and support systems. This EARNING and giving of themselves for kids in an unfortunate place, sensitized kids and aligned them with a cause at a very personal level. The response was very encouraging from students to teachers to Principals we interacted with”, says Joan Shenoy, Chairperson Rose Day and whose brain-child Skipathon is.
“It was a shot in the arm to hear kids give you statistics on childhood cancers; promise to take their life-style habits in hand and even egg their dads & moms to kick the butt! It was also gratifying to see that they took their role as change-agents seriously both at the level of fitness for self and as champions of a cause,” adds Joan.