On World Cancer Day (4th February 2014), Olympic medallist boxer Vijender Singh, who makes his acting debut in Akshay Kumar and Ashvini Yardi’s Grazing Goat Pictures film Fugly, inaugurated the RUN FOR MANAVTA charity marathon at Sharda University, Greater Noida, with five courageous children who are suffering from cancer.
The event by Manavta Cancer Foundation of India organised the run to coincide with World Cancer Day, a singular initiative under which the entire world can unite together in the fight against cancer. The Manavta Cancer Foundation is a charitable trust led by groups of doctors, whose aim is to reduce the suffering of cancer patients and to prevent and detect the signs of cancer by providing a range of free services to patients, which include: cancer awareness, cancer screening in initial stages and to support cancer sufferers and survivors emotionally, financially, and scientifically.
Talking about his participation in the event, Mr. Vijender Singh said, “Cancer has taken away people from their close ones. I always wanted to create awareness about this disease so that people get timely treatments done and save themselves. I would like to encourage the people who are suffering from cancer to fight against it. It gives me immense pleasure to see people of all age groups synergizing their efforts in a social cause.”
He further added, “We all come across a situation in life wherein we need the maximum support of our family and friends, and then you feel like you can fight any shortcoming. I participated in this event to encourage the people who are suffering from cancer to fight against it and prove to the world that no matter what the situation may be, one can always beat it.”
Vijender will soon be seen on the silver screen in Akshay Kumar and Ashvini Yardi’s Grazing Goat Pictures’ next Hindi release after OMG! Oh My God, Fugly, a youthful entertaining film set in the by-lanes of Delhi, releasing on 16th May 2014. It is a story of four friends: Dev (played by Anil Kapoor’s nephew Mohit Marwah), Devi (played by the grandniece of Sayed Jaffery, Kiara Advani), Gaurav (played by Vijender Singh) and Aditya (played by Slumdog Millionaire actor Arfi Lamba).