Enduring physical strain and fatigue and putting in a great deal of physical effort for a cause close to one’s heart, besides exhibiting one’s conviction and passion for it also helps to spread awareness and raise funds to support it. The last fortnight witnessed two such noble initiatives by two different sets of people at two entirely different locations driven by a common passion for Sankara Nethralaya.
Ms. Vanitha Char a long time friend and well wisher of Sankara Nethralaya and her family participated in the ‘Sevathon 2012’ a 5 kilometer awareness walk organized by Lion Dr Raj Rajaram to raise funds for various social and charitable causes at Chicago. A week later it was the turn of members of the Sankara Nethralaya family to strain their muscles for a cause they hold close to their heart. Consultants, Staff and their family members joined a host of likeminded participants at the ‘Terry Fox run’ being organized for the fourth year in succession by the Rotary Club of East Madras at the IIT Madras. The run is organized in memory and honour of the courage and grit of Terry Fox who fought cancer with admirable courage and fortitude and raised huge funds for cancer research by walking thousands of kilometers in spite of one of his legs being afflicted by cancer.
While the funds raised for Sankara Nethralaya at the Chicago ‘Sevathon 2012’ by Ms. Vanitha Char would go towards treatment of indigent patients the funds raised by the ‘Terry Fox run’ would be dedicated to Cancer Research at the Vision Research Foundation.