Annual sale to benefit cancer patients | Daily News

Annual sale to benefit cancer patients

The Sri Lanka Cancer Society will conduct its annual Aluth Avurudu sale (Jumble sale) on April 6 at Mathew Hall, St. Michael and All Angels, Polwatta, Colombo 3 from 8.30am..

The sale will raise funds to provide medication and welfare facilities for cancer patients in the country.

It will also discourage people from using tobacco products, betel - the main contributors for cancer.

The World Health Organization (WHO) gives special attention to prevent Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs) such as cancer and 15 million people die every year of NCDs. Seven million deaths are reported due to smoking and tobacco consumption.

SLCS General Secretary and Project Coordinator Perin Captain told Daily News that the proceeds from the sale’ will be used to conduct free monthly clinics for cancer patients and screen females for breast, oral, cervical and skin cancers at the Cancer Society Head Quarters, Bullers Lane, Colombo 7.

The proceeds will be used to maintain the Cancer Hospice run by the Sri Lanka Cancer Society in Maharagama for terminally ill cancer patients and to maintain cancer homes run by the Society island-wide.

She said the sale will include clothing, groceries, baby items, electrical goods, books, jewellery items and various other items at low prices.

The sale will be a forum to educate the buyers on early detection, medication, diet and the change in life styles in the prevention and cure of the disease. SLCS Public Education Committee Chairperson Indrani Nanayakkara said that another charity collection centre, the `Op Shop’, is held every Friday from 9.30 am to 2.00 pm at the SLCS Headquarters to to raise funds for cancer patients.

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