Doctors of Lilavati Hospital and Research Centre (LHRC), in their endeavour towards the upliftment of the girl child tookanother step forward, in their initiative ‘Save & Empower the Girl Child’ on February 5, at TajLands End, Bandra (W). Top Bollywood celebrities like Madhuri Dixit, Preity Zinta, Malaika Arora Khan, MandiraBedi, Lucky Morani, Lara Dutta, Isha Kopikar, Swara Bhaskar and Evelyn Sharma walked the ramp in exclusive Manish Malhotra designs. The event was managed, coordinated and executed by Lucky Morani and her team of Cineyug Entertainment.
The evening began with a panel discussion on ‘Save & Empower the Girl Child’ moderated by Dr. Kiran Coelho, Chairperson of the organising committee along with other panellists –Dr. Hrishikesh Pai, Shaina N.C., Advocate Mrinalini Deshmukh, Dr. Indu Shahani, Dr. Rupa Shah, Nagesh Kukunoor, Gul Panag and Turkish Counsul General Ceylan Ozen Erisen.
Shri Chetan Prabodh Mehta, Reporting Trustee, Lilavati Hospital said, “The child sex ratio in India is at the lowest since independence and has been continuously reducing since the last 50 years. Empowerment is a continuous process and cannot be perceived as a one-time project. We have pledged to do 50,000 free check-ups for women throughout Mumbai. Children are our future and there is lot that we can do to uplift underprivileged children, especially girls.”
Two specially designed air-conditioned mobile check-up vansset-up with state-of-the-art medical equipment is also introduced to ensure smooth execution of the proposed 50,000 free health check-ups.
2014 Padmashree Award Winners – Prof. (Dr.) Shashank R Joshi, (Medicine-Endocrinology, Maharashtra) and Dr. Ramakant Krishnaji Deshpande, (Medicine-Oncology, Maharashtra) were felicitated at this glittering ceremony.
Dr. Kiran Coelho, Event Chairperson said, “We are grateful to all those who have encouraged and supported our cause towards the girl child in the last two years. This is a result of the collective effort from all, involved within and outside the core team. We look forward to seeing more people support us in the future.”
Shri Nanik Rupani, Trustee, Lilavati Hospital added, “It gives me immense pleasure to see the awareness this initiative has raised. I believe that it is also our individual duty to empower our girls. The sex ratio, if not improved soon can cause major social unrest. Indian society always had a special place for girls in the family. Goddesses are worshipped in India – like Laxmi for Wealth, Kali/Durga for Power and Saraswati for Knowledge. I congratulate the team for highlighting the importance of the girl child once again.”
The highlights of the evening were a spectacular dance performance by celebrated choreographer Shiamak Davar’s troupe, followed by prominent Bollywood stars like Madhuri Dixit, Preity Zinta, Malaika Arora Khan, Mandira Bedi, Lucky Morani, Lara Dutta, Isha Kopikar, Swara Bhaskar and Evelyn Sharma amongst others walked the rampdazzling the evening in support of the cause in Manish Malhotra creations.
The occasion was graced by the presence of Shri Dilip Walse Patil, Hon. Speaker, Maharashtra, Shri Govindrao Adik, Member of Parliament, Shri Y.P. Trivedi, Member of Parliament, Niranjan Hiranandani, Rashmi Thackeray, Dr. Nandita Palshetkar, Waheeda Rehman, Helen Khan and many other dignitaries.