June 22nd, 2009 - 10:49 am ICT by Sampurn Wire  


Cancer Aid and Research Foundation (CARF) commemorated their 8th foundation Day on 20 June 2009 at Shanmukhanand Hall, Sion, Mumbai. The event was held from 5 pm onwards, wherein the Foundation distributed cheques of Rs. 5.90 lakhs to the needy and poor cancer patients for their treatments in various hospitals in Mumbai. 26 donors who have donated more than one lakh rupees each for poor and needy cancer patients treatment were felicitated. Also 5 staff awards for the best performance through out the year were distributed. Approximately 400 cancer patients from different parts of the country were present for the Foundation Day with their relatives. The total amount of help provided by CARF from April 2001 to March 2009 is Rs.6,56,36,910.81 disbursed amongst more than 3424 patients.

A Souvenir was released on this occasion along with a book named “Voice Restoration after Laryngectomy” written by Noted International Head and Neck Surgeon Dr. Rehan Kazi. Coming all out in support of the foundation’s cause, in an audio visual byte, an emotionally charged Mahesh Bhatt averted “I’ve always believed that it is the healers and those who fight to eliminate human suffering who will be always looked upon as the true heroes. In a country where such little support is available for the poor and needy who suffer from a disease like cancer, it is commendable to see how Cancer Aid & Research Foundation has reached out to them”. Similarly in the following audio-visual bytes Amrita Arora and Tusshar Kapoor also voiced their support and urged one and all to join in this fight against cancer.

The book release function was followed by a musical extravaganza to entertain the dignitaries & guests wherein noted playback & pop singer Vaishali Samant came all out to support the cause and enthralled the audience with her melodious voice keeping them captivated to their seats whilst “Pehchan Kaun’ fame stand up comedian Naveen Prabhakar kept them all in splits.

Also supporting the cause with their presence were noted TV Actress Aalesha Sayyed, Mr. Sanjay Tanksale (General Manager of State Bank of India), Mr. Abdul Karim Al Mutawa (President – Al Mutawa Group), Mr. A. Mohammed Siddic (CARF – Global Ambassador), Mr. Amin Patel (Chairman Maulana Azad Minorities Financial Development Corp.), Mr. Zafar Saifullah, Mr. Krishna (Head of K. K. Enterprises), Col. Masand (Chief Executive Officer), Dr. Vimal Kasbekar (Clinician & teacher in ENT & Head, Neck surgery), Dr. Rajen P. Shah (Noted ENT Surgeon), Mr. K. M. Desai (Retired Charity Commisssioner), Mr. Ravindra Kumar (Managing Director M. M. Poonjiaji Spices Ltd.), Mrs. Zafar Saifullah, Dr. Porus Turner (World Renowned Doctor) were also felicitated by Prof. A. A. Kazi, Chairman, Cancer Aid & Research Foundation.
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