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World No Tobacco Day 2005
Match – Film stars v/s Doctors - at [Theme :
- atthe Mumbai Police Gymkhana grounds
[Theme :Health Professionals & Tobacco Control ]
On 19th May 2005, Cancer Patients Aid Association (CPAA) organized a Press conference to announce the participation of the “Fight Club” team in the cricket match to be played against the Doctors XI on the occasion of World No Tobacco Day 2005, the theme being “The role of Health Professionals in Tobacco Control”. On the dais along-with the CPAA chairman Mr. Y. K. Sapru and honorary surgeon with CPAA, Dr. C. J. Joshi, were film stars, Salmaan Khan, Sohail Khan, Ritiesh Deshmukh, Ashish Choudhary, Yash Tonk, Producer Ravi Walia, Director Vikram Chopra & Director of Provogue India Ltd., Mr. Salil Chaturvedi. Not only did the stars pledge their support towards Tobacco Control but they also gave away artificial voice boxes to poor & needy Cancer Patients.
The Doctors & Film Stars showed up in full force on the Match Day, 21st May 2005 at the Mumbai Police Gymkhana grounds, ready for the clash, in stunning Green & Blue outfits designed & provided especially for the event by Globus Stores. The Chief Guest of the event Commissioner of Police Mr. A. N. Roy, inaugurated the match by releasing bunches of balloons with anti-tobacco messages after captain Suniel Shetty’s team won the toss & put Dr. R. Badwe’s team to field. The Guest of Honor, Joint Secretary of the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Mrs. Bhavani Thyagrajan & Ms. Vineet Gill the National Professional Officer (Tobacco Free Initiative) from World Health Organisation congratulated & encouraged the film stars for supporting the cause, reminding them of their powerful influence on the youth. They also applauded & commended the doctors & CPAA for their tireless work & indispensable contribution towards Cancer Care. Mr. Ramesh Kumar Aravamuthan - The Chief Gen. Manager State Bank of India, Mumbai Circle & CEO of SBI branches in Maharashtra & Goa & one of our main sponsors also, declared all branches of SBI in Maharashtra & Goa smoke-free on this day.
More than 2000 people thronged the Mumbai Police Gymkhana grounds to watch their favourite stars in action. While the film stars made a formidable 247, the doctors put up a strong fight and scored a respectable total of 181. Seasoned commentators like Mr. Milind Wagle & Mr. S. Kishor with TV’s funnyman Bakhtiar Irani (aka Sharukh Batliwala) gave the audience much more than just ball-by-ball commentary. With cricket-actor Vinod Kambli & the inimitable & rib-tickling Cyrus Broacha in tow, the 5 of them were a riot in the commentator’s box. Suniel Shetty, Sohail Khan, Aftab Shivdasani, Shailendra Singh & Dr. Raut dazzled everyone with their performances. The trophy was picked up the captain of the Film Star’s team Mr. Suniel Shetty. pictures >>
It has been our constant endeavour at Cancer Patients Aid Association, to focus on spreading awareness about the ill-effects of tobacco through programs such as these. It was heartening to see Film & TV stars, celebrities & doctors participate in this event in such large numbers to show their support & solidarity towards the cause of tobacco control.
It was possible for Cancer Patients Aid Association to organize this event due to the invaluable support of our sponsors State Bank of India, Globus Retail Stores Ltd, Sony Entertainement Television, SET MAX, Citigroup, Aditya Birla Group, Taj Lands End, Ruchi Soya Industries Limited - Nutrela, Indiantelevision.com & last but not the least the entire team of FIGHT CLUB & Sohail Khan Productions. This was followed by our ENT camps at different locations in Mumbai and finally our free ENT camp at CST Station on 31st May from 10 am to 3 pm, open to all public.