In order to sensitise school children about diseases like cancer, the Indore Cancer Foundation (ICF) started a new society called 'Friends of Indore Cancer Foundation' that will educate school students about the disease.
The first two chapters - The Daly College and The Emerald Heights International School - of the society, which will work independent of the foundation, was launched on Thursday by Priya Dutt, the trustee of Nargis Dutt Memorial Cancer Foundation, in Indore.
Designed specifically for school children, different schools will form different chapters of the society. Dr Digpal Dharkar, secretary of ICF, said, "Initially, we have started with two chapters of 'Friends of Indore Cancer Foundation', where school students will be the members. The society has been formed to educate children and to spread awareness among them regarding cancer."
As part of the society's work, the students will prepare various projects to help ICF in various ways, including raising funds for cancer patients.
"I am associated with the society as its support system and will be obliged in providing them with feedbacks," said Dutt.
Impressed with the idea of involving students, she said, "I want to start something similar in Mumbai as well with my foundation. I think it is incredible to take help from students in such initiatives because not only they will come with innovative ideas to raise funds but at the same time it will be a holistic way of learning for them."
More chapters across country, including ones in Udaipur and Bhopal, are already in the pipeline.
The launch was followed by an informative seminar, organised by FICCI Ladies Organisation in collaboration with ICF on 'Lifestyles and Cancer' at Radisson Blu Hotel. The seminar highlighted the causes, preventions and types of cancers commonly found among women.