Week No.35, 2010 August 31, 2010Posted by shripadabhat in cancer, charity, CSR, profit margin, yeoman service.
Charity for Cancer patients begins not at Home but in Hotels.. so can it also start at printing Houses?
… because consider all those wastages .. ink, paper, reprints, etc.
I clicked this during my visit to Madurai in the state of Tamil Nadu in south India. In a hotel near the cash counter this box was kept silently inspiring customers to donate money in aid of cancer patients. Even in Mumbai we can see such donation box are being kept in aid of cancer patients at cash counters, shopping malls also. Such boxes are kept by respective charity organisations such as one in Mumbai . Cancer Patients Aid Association, quite touching indeed.
The reason I am writing this blog is to stir the like minded printing houses to do something to help cancer patients especially the poor ones who not only needs compassion but money as well. Please take care of atleast one cancer patient in your know by giving little help.
I have every reason to write this blog..my mom died of galbladder cancer in 1983 at 53 and my oldaged dad died of prostate cancer and last year no pity because he was 92. I know how intl. cricketer Imran Khan dedicated a hospital if I am not wrong in his mom’s name after she died of cancer.
Here is a one year old story: I had hired an electrician to do some finishing job in my new house near Mumbai. I was knew to that person as he was having a suspecious cough I just enquired him for many years he has been smoking beedi (the cheaper option to cigars in India) . He said for the last 25 years. Then I had a suspicion that he might have a chest TB . I gave him Rs.500 and asked him to go for a medical check up. to my surprise next day he calls me up from a govt hospital to say that he is suffering from lung cancer. I told him to do further check up to confirm. He called me up from Tata Memorial Cancer Hospital and confirmed me that he is having severe lung cancer.. after that news his mobile was coming switch off.. after 15 days I called up but his wife picked up the phone to say: Sir my hubby is no more… I said with a unbelievable shock….what what what…..she said they had gone to the hospital several times but they did not had money and his hubby died for want of money to forget to cure, treat but to do certain tests. He left behind his wife and a small kid…that was the end of the story…..it looked like he died in my arms… in my lap…i could not save him because he did not reveal that he did not had money when asked me for Rs.500.. but I thanked god that he left but i could help him at his last days.. he was just 48…..I know how poor cancer patients suffer from financial pain than the physical pain.. when I sued to work in a charity run hospital I used to encounter daily at least one cancer patients whom we used to send charity organisations for aid…..but…i feel sorry for the costly treatment of cancer the painful disease than the deadly disease.
In another heartening incidence, in 1988 when I was travelling in a local train at night 11.00 pm we all came across a man holding a kid in his lap whose head was full of bandage .. upon enquiring he revealed that he was returning from the hospital as he could not bear the cost of surgeries and medicines of his son’s brain cancer..we were all tears immediately about 25 passengers just collected whatever money we had and give to him and told him to go back to the hospital.. the gesture at that time provided even in night in a local train …bombay citizens care….there are many coporates where their employees engage in such activities.
So, can our printing community care for cancer patients? After
all charity for cancer patients need not begin at Home, Hotels but even can begin at Printing Houses.