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X'mas Cheer for Kids at Ruby Hall's Cancer Centre

Times of India
25 December 2009
Pune, India

The Christmas eve celebrations at Ruby Hall Clinic here on Thursday was an occasion to rejoice for the 25 young patients at the cancer centre there.

Unlike other days, these patients, in the age-group of 4 to 18 years and suffering from cancer and thalassemia, were not restricted to the four walls of the hospital or home on Thursday. They danced and interacted with others. They had a gala time at the event organised by Ruby Hall Clinic’s social welfare department in collaboration with Srishti’s private dance and music workshop.

The programme included Bollywood hit numbers, magic show, painting competition and concluded with prize distribution. There was a Santa Claus and a teddy bear who entertained the kids. The venue was decorated with a Christmas tree, snow, paintings and gifts to create a cheerful atmosphere.

Srishti Khare of Srishti private dance and music workshop said that the idea was to make the kids smile. Khare, who is also a behavioural trainer by profession, believes that the healing touch of music can rejuvenate the soul.

Khare said that these kids could celebrate Christmas with the parents, too. The children of the Srishti workshop entertained the kids, and their parents made contribution for the programme.

According to Trupti Raut, a medical social worker at Ruby Hall Clinic, these children do not go to school. “So there is a social withdrawal. The families also have to suffer a lot. These kind of programmes are held every year for their entertainment and social interaction.”

A magic show, dance and drawing competitions, and many more programmes were conducted at the Christmas eve party for cancer patients organised by Kamal Nayan Bajaj Cancer Center and Srishti Khare group.

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