By A Khan
KARACHI- Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation (SIUT) of late organized 3rd School Children’s Painting Exhibition and prize distribution ceremony at Dewan Farooq Medical Centre, with its “Good Health is the Key to Happiness”. over 650 paintings made by school students in age groups 6-16 where displayed and judged by well-known art personalities, Anwar Maqsood, Nilofur Farrukh and Rumana Hussain.
Exhibition coordinator, Dr Fatema Jawad said that cultural changes and new lifestyle have created a fertile ground for many diseases. Habits regarding eating the right kind of food, regular exercise and relaxation have greatly changed to the detriment of the young generation. She emphasized the need for a healthy body so as to have a healthy mind. The paintings showed great creativity and rich imagination of the children.
Dr Fatema also paid tributes to two great friends SIUT lost recently, namely Anita Ghulam Ali who was a staunch supporter of children’s right to education, and famous water-colorist Chris Abbas who donated her corneas after her death.
SM Shahid, another friend of SIUT, read a satirical piece on the adult’s turning into “bad children” while the children had to make paintings to remind the elders to give up bad habits like chewing gutka and chalia, spitting pan, throwing garbage and writing all sorts of atrocious messages on the city walls.
Abdul Sattar Edhi, Hameed Akhund, Majida Rizvi and Anwar Maqsood presented the prizes to the children. The program concluded on a musical note, with songs presented by Zainab, an SIUT’s talented young friend.