Chandigarh, Oct 19, 2008 (Specttrum News): Ishmeet Kaur (21) won the first prize of the poster making contest organized by the Chandigarh Breast Cancer Trust (CBCT). She was given a cheque of Rs 30,000 as prize money, while the second prize winner, Geetu (22) was handed over a cheque of Rs 25,000 as the second prize. The third prize went to Parminder Singh (20), who won a prize money of Rs 20,000. The winners were awarded by the Principal Secretary (Public Relations), Govt of Punjab, Mr D S Jaspal (IAS) at a special ceremony held at the Museum of Fine Arts, Punjab University here today.
All the winning entries were displayed for the public viewing. Five consolation prizes of Rs 5,000 each were also given. The programme was sponsored by Pfizer Oncology. Earlier, the chief guest, Mr D S Jaspal inaugurated the posters exhibition. The poster competition was open for all with an age restriction of 16 years and above. The contest was aimed at creating awareness regarding breast cancer among the masses. Over 138 entries were received. It was a part of the anniversary functions of CBCT.
Dr Gurpreet Singh, Professor of Surgery, PGI Chandigarh, informed, ”The posters were evaluated by a panel of Judges, including Prof R Bhandari, Director, Museum of Fine Arts, PU; Dr JD Wig, Professor of Surgery, Govt Medical College-32 and Ms Lalita Parkash, Principal, Ashiana School-46.”
Ms Kamaljit Walia, Founder & Secretary, Chandigarh Breast Cancer Trust, said, ”Breast Cancer is a disease that is rapidly increasing in urban India. The Chandigarh Breast Cancer Trust was launched in October 2007 with a ‘Breast Cancer Survivors Meet’, attended by 50 breast cancer survivors. The aims of the trust are to help the needy patients financially, emotionally, socially and to create awareness. It has 7 trustees and 32 life members, who contribute generously.”