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Painting Exhibit to Support Cancer Children

The event aims not only to provide financial help, but also draw the attention of healthy children towards their peers battling with the often terminal illness while fostering a culture of kindness and benevolence among young adults
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An exhibition of paintings by children and young adults aged 7-16 years will be held at Mahak Society to Support Children Suffering from Cancer, in northern Tehran on April 20-21.

The 2-day exhibit ‘The News is on the Way’ will include 72 paintings by young students of well-known Iranian painter Tara Behbahani who has held the event for the past 10 year to spread the message of friendship and kindness among children and adolescents.

The proceeds will be spent on medication and treatment of cancer children, ISNA reported.

By running the event, Behbahani, 34, aims not only to provide financial help, but also draw the attention of healthy children across the country towards their peers battling with the often terminal illness while fostering a culture of kindness and benevolence among young adults.

In their paintings, young artists have depicted the news they may expect to hear every day when they wake up. “Every morning when we wake up we may hear some news that may change our lives. Sometimes the changes are minor and sometimes they may change the course of our life,” said Behbahani.

“It will be so good if we wake up tomorrow and hear ‘cancer is eliminated’ so no more children will be affected by this catastrophic disease.”

She hoped for the day when “there is no news except good news of health, happiness and joy of children and adolescents.”

Behbahani is also an art researcher who has attended numerous exhibitions in and outside the country.

Mahak Charity is a non-governmental organization dedicated to helping children with cancer. It has offered financial assistance to over 13,000 children suffering from cancer and support services to families of the sick children.

Besides its central mission, the society seeks to develop the culture of helpfulness and altruism among the young generation and to get them to know more about the age-old tradition of giving, and empathy.

 

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