It is hard to make a change. The habits and ideologies that are rooted stay the same from generation to generation but Danu believes that if anything could make a change, it is love.
TV and radio personality, Danu Innasithamby, has since his mother’s death due to cancer, stepped out from his busy life to help those who are suffering from this dreaded disease. His main objective is to put a smile on the faces of children at the Maharagama Cancer Hospital.
‘Love Changes Everything’, phase two, is being done with the funds of the concert held on February 10 and 11 this year. The proceeds will be utilized in creating a Fun Day for children in the paediatric unit at the Maharagama Cancer Hospital on June 16.
The concert saw some of the country’s best known contemporary artists and choral groups performing for free to help raise funds. Proceeds from the sale of Danu’s Playlist collection of funky t’shirts also swelled the fund.
In the second phase of the campaign Danu will focus on other necessities of the children. “Most of the parents who are at the hospital are from far away. They have to bring pillows, bed sheets and everything that the child needs to the hospital. We thought of lending a helping hand and buying these items,” said Danu adding they hope to also buy the vitamins the children need.
At the fellowship evening held at the Galadari, last Wednesday Danu also introduced a till that will be kept in different places around Colombo including in shops, salons or supermarkets for people to make contributions.
“June 16 will be the great day. We are going to the Cancer Hospital with all the money we’ve collected to meet the parents who are in desperate need to help them as much as we can,” he said adding that he is grateful to the people who are always with him, encouraging and helping him take the cause this far.
Director of Spa Ceylon, Shewantha Dias said that he would contribute to the cause. “We are going to put on a spa marathon. We’ll announce a day and people could come to the marathon for a foot massage and the money we collect that day will go to Danu’s till,” he said.