Rajasthan Royals’ (RR) Cancer Out campaign generated quite a buzz as Rajasthan Chief Minister, Vasundhara Raje, made an appearance during the Rajasthan Royals vs. Chennai Super Kings (CSK) IPL match in the SMS Stadium, on 11th May, 2018. She was accompanied by RCA Head CP Joshi, Rajasthan Sports Minister Gajendra Singh Khimsar, IPL Chairman Rajiv Shukla and RR’s Executive Chairman Ranjit Barthakur.
Publications such as Dainik Bhaskar, Rajasthan Patrika, Dainik Navjyoti and Samchar Jagat reported that Chief Minister Raje was seen speaking to RR Captain, Ajinkya Rahane and CSK Captain, MS Dhoni before the match. Reports state that the chief minister started off the match by presenting a memento to MS Dhoni. CM also came out in full support of the Cancer Out campaign by donning a pink saree to reiterate the message of spreading awareness about early screening of cancer.
She also made an appeal to all organizations to support the Cancer Out campaign and commended the spirit of the players present at the match. Oh My India reported that chief minister Raje even tweeted about the campaign:
I congratulate @rajasthanroyals, @tatatrusts, #NationalCancerGrid, #IndianCancerSociety and #IndianDentalAssociation for bringing to #Rajasthan the #CancerOut initiative – which urges early cancer screening. It was a pleasure to be part of it today. pic.twitter.com/BLVXRBdD3X
— Vasundhara Raje (@VasundharaBJP) May 11, 2018
The campaign also saw the most prominent landmarks in Rajasthan lit up in the colour of pink:
We support ‘CANCER OUT’ campaign & lit the palace in pink to spread the awareness and educate people about cancer & its risk factors. @TajHotels@TajInnerCircle@IPL@rajasthanroyals@tatatrusts
— Rambagh Palace (@Rambaghpalace) May 11, 2018
The Royals also showed their support by donning a special pink-coloured jersey to spread Cancer awareness. According to a report by DNA, the jersey was designed to address the three most common forms of cancer and it does that by implementing a blend of three colours on the jersey – Pink for breast cancer, burgundy for oral cancer and teal for cervical cancer. The report further states that RR Captain Ajinkya Rahane took some time out to address the campaign before the start of the match. He said, “As a player, I think this initiative is a small but crucial step towards a direction of cancer-free society and I hope that we perform to the best of our ability to raise as much awareness as we can.”
RR seems to be going all out to usher in a series of positive changes into Rajasthan and with the Cancer Out campaign making waves, one can be certain that the Royals will play a key role in bringing in developments that will only benefit the beautiful state in the future.