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Vivek Oberoi bats for cancer sufferers!

Vivek Oberoi

By HT

Mumbai, March 27 -- Vivek Oberoi has been raising money and creating awareness for cancer relief for several years now. He has even organised movie screenings, fundraisers and celebrated his birthday with cancer patients.

Now, he has come up with the idea of setting up skill centres for those suffering from cancer in the city.

The actor is keen to have patients visit these centres to train in painting, tailoring and other skills to become self-dependent. He has even discussed the matter with the Maharashtra Chief Minister, Devendra Fadnavis. A source close to the actor says, "The CM knows about the initiatives Vivek undertakes for cancer patients. Since they share a good rapport, Vivek called him up and communicated the idea to him."

Fadnavis has apparently given a positive response. "There are plans to open skill centres in hospitals across the city. Fadnavis has assured Vivek that they will check on the possibility of opening independent skill centres as well," adds the source.

When contacted, Vivek confirmed the news and said, "I have been associated with the Cancer Patients Aids Association for the last 12 years, and I truly believe that working on these patients' skill development that has helped them to a great extent in rebuilding lives after their fight with cancer."