“Run 4 Cause” to create awareness about children with special needs
NEW DELHI: It was a unique and different Sunday for children with special abilities as they joined people from other walks of life to “Run 4 Cause” around the well spread Nehru Park in the national Capital’s tree-lined diplomatic area of Chankyapuri.
The run was organised by Dr. Lal Singh’s Foundation, a non-governmental organisation engaged in charitable activities like free clinics, providing hygienic canteen food daily to patients and their relatives thronging AIIMS and Safdarjang Hospitals, taking specialist doctors to Delhi’s Central Tihar jail and holding regular free medical camps. It was the third edition of the “Run 4 Cause” which witnessed participation of nearly 4000 people, including those with special needs. The entire area wore a paint of blue as all the participants were donning blue T-shirts, emblazoned with the foundation’s motto “Humanity First.”
Dr. Sanjeev Singh Chawla, President of the foundation, said the run has become an important event in the Capital’s annual calendar and has been by and large successful in creating awareness about children with special needs and educating their parents about the ways of taking care of such children and providing them treatment. “Many organisations engaged in taking care of children with special needs partner with our foundation to participate in this annual run and all of us come together under the platform of our foundation,” he said.
Such events also help in showcasing the talent and immense willpower of the children with special needs. “Our foundation is making efforts to remove the negativity that surrounds families of such differently-abled children who need special training, treatment and care to stabilise them and bring them into the mainstream of the society and nation,” he said.
This Sunday Chairman of the All India Anti-terrorist Front M S Bitta and Kathak guru Pulkit Misra turned up as special guests to flag off the run and the brand ambassador was 1992 Asian marathon champion Sunita Godara.
“Our foundation is spreading the message that differently-abled children are courageous and have a very warm heart. Their mind needs to be soothed and trained to become more stable,” Dr. Chawla said. As a leading Homeopath, he says that there are remedies which can calm the nerves and minds of such children. He should know that as his family can boast of the three generations of well qualified and experienced practicing Homeopaths.
His octogenerian father Dr. Lal Singh, a former head of Biochemistry department of AIIMS, who took to Homeopathy later, his elder brother Dr. Amarjit Singh who has been practicing for the last three decades, his nephew Dr. Gurshabad Singh who is shaping up well to carry forward the family tradition. Apart from charitable clinics, all of them put together attend to nearly two thousand patients in three clinics in South and West Delhi everyday.