Want to spend a comic night out and contribute to a social cause? Then head to comedian Raju Srivastav’s fundraiser, Hasna Mana Hai, this weekend. Reputed for his rib-tickling sense of humour, the comedian has pledged the proceeds of the show to ALERT India (Association for Leprosy Education, Rehabilitation and Treatment, India) for the treatment of leprosy-affected patients.
Having personally visited the ALERT India clinics and heartened by the work done by them, Raju felt inspired to raise funds for the organisation. “I’ve seen for myself how the NGO provides medicinal help to the leprosy-affected, free of charge. The least I can do is use my talent to help them continue their work,” he says."Leprosy is an infectious disease which is fast spreading in Mumbai. So, I’m using the medium of my art to raise some money for its treatment." Raju has previously put together many such fundraisers and plans to do some next year too. "This city has given a lot to me. When I first came here, all I had was a five hundred-rupee note. So this is my small way of giving something back," he explains.
ALERT India is a 30-year-old Mumbai-based charitable organisation that enables those affected by leprosy to lead a productive life. It has set up various clinics across the city through which it provides medical and financial aid.
The stand-up comedian is apparently the latest in a long queue of celebrities to have pledged their support to the foundation. For instance, Priyanka Chopra, a vociferous supporter of the cause, recently shot a documentary to raise awareness about the symptoms of leprosy. The documentary will be telecast at the event.
“Work such as ours requires funds and it is touching to see the number of celebrities that have come forward to help our cause,” says Veera Rao, head of ALERT India, adding, “Sachin Tendulkar, Rani Mukerji, late Jagjit Singh, Nana Patekar and Jackie Shroff have immensely helped us further our cause.” Show to be held on November 5 at 8 pm at Bhaidas Hall, Vile Parle (W). Passes available for Rs. 300.
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