Devraj Badgara brings a fresh perspective to ICF's fund raising effort

26th July 2015 marked the successful staging of Mr. Paresh Raval's popular Hindi play, Dear Father, at the Daly College Auditorium, an initiative of Mr. Devraj Badgara, Programme Coordinator, that helped raise more than Rs. 21 00 000/- for the treatment of poor cancer patients at our Indian Institute of Head and Neck Oncology.

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The citizens of Indore rose to the occasion and gave heartwarming response to Mr. Devraj Badgara's appeal, "Cancer is a dreaded condition which can change, without warning, the lives of not just those it affects but also the lives of friends and relatives who are left helpless and broken. As someone who lost his father to cancer, I know the uncertainty and anxiety that cancer causes. I salute all those who give their time and energy and also those who fund efforts at research and at providing hope. It is with these sentiments that I appeal to all to support the work being done by Indore Cancer Foundation. More specially, I appeal to each of you to help make us this function a success so that whatever funds we generate help patients find some measure of relief."

We started working on the project just 6 weeks earlier and knew that we had to work extra hard to ensure everything got done within the limited time. The morale of the team was high, our inspiration: to work for the well being of those whom we would, in all probability never meet.

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Impressed by the cause we are working for Mr. Paresh Raval promised, after Dr. Digpal Dharkar's lecture on the free surgeries and work done by ICF in the last 28 years, to perform again for us when he would donate his entire fee to the Indore Cancer Foundation. The entire auditorium echoed with applause at this announcement from the versatile actor.

The overwhelming response from donors and artistes alike has motivated us to keep going, to organise more such events will where people can contribute towards the cause and eventually expand our reach so that we can treat more and more poor cancer patients. Equally true is the fact that we need more and more people to associate with us and contribute towards such this great cause of ensuring that every cancer patient has access to scientific treatment irrespective of his/her ability to pay.

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A big THANK YOU also to Daly College for not only giving their auditorium but also for the support that we received from the Principal and staff of Daly College, right from planning the event to executing it they were with us every step of the way.

A special thanks to Mr. Mehul Gandhi for his coordination and management of the artistes, whom he made comfortable during their stay in Indore.

It would be remiss of me, if I failed to mention the key role played by the Accurate Graphics team in making the event such a success.

- Rudra Pratap Singh

On our Republic Day, the 26th January 2016, a blood donation camp was organised by Yeshwant Club, Indore, in association with the Friends of Indore Cancer Foundation. January also happens to be National Volunteer Blood Donor Month.

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