Painting smile on their faces

In an effort aimed at extending a helping hand to the children afflicted with cancer, Jotun Paints has supported National Association for Cancer Awareness (NACA)’s Dar al Hanan Centre.

As part of its corporate social responsibility programme and commitment to serve the society in areas where it operates from, Jotun Paints has extended support to Dar al Hanan, a centre dedicated to children undergoing cancer treatment. Managed by National Association for Cancer Awareness (NACA) and located in South Ghubra, near Royal Hospital, Dar al Hanan is Oman’s first home-away-from-home for children afflicted with cancer.

The support from Jotun Paints to NACA is the continuation of the cooperation they started in 2011. The contribution in 2012 came from Jotun employees, loyal and supportive dealers and from the company itself.

Dar al Hanan addresses a critical need of parents accompanying children to Royal Hospital for cancer treatment by providing them with family accommodation. A total of 16 residential units are available to offer this facility.The centre provides accommodation during treatment and ensures patients follow treatment (chemotherapy and radiotherapy) on a regular basis. Volunteers at the centre provide moral support and help with administrative procedures related to healthcare and counselling to overcome the trauma of the critical illness.

‘The contribution of Jotun Paints is a continuation of the cooperation we started with NACA in 2011. We donated RO5000 in 2011. In 2012, in cooperation with eight Jotun dealers we have been able to collect another RO5000 that was handed over to Dar al Hanan Centre. The Centre has been established based on the need to provide valuable accommodation for the kids who have families accompanying for their cancer follow up at the Royal Hospital in Muscat,” said Andreas Stolt-Nielsen, sales and marketing manager in Jotun.

On his part, Bader al Maqdasi, assistant marketing manager said that the contribution from the company this time was different as the senior management was engaged with children in a number of activities such as drawing to help children erupt their talents and express their emotions. “Doctor Waheed has introduced us to the association’s mission and also thanked Jotun for our support. The senior management of Jotun toured the building and spent time with the children at the centre.”

He added, “We are looking forward to be engaged in more activities in the future as such activities will bring smiles to these faces. They also provide us with valuable opportunities to pay back to the society we are working in and translate our social responsibility values into reality.” He expressed confidence that other corporates would do the same and provide such non-profit organisations with their utmost support.”

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