Kohima: In a touching gesture, residents of Merhülietsa, a colony in Nagaland’s capital Kohima, on Thursday came together to raise funds for 13-year-old local girl Loktinula Longchar, who was diagnosed with leukemia in December last year.
According to Bendangmeren Longkumer, convenor of the event, the ‘musical nite’ was held as a fundraiser for Longchar, who is currently undergoing treatment at a hospital in Guwahati.
Longkumer, who is a junior engineer under the state public works department (PWD), said that the organisers had initially decided to have a “very special prayer programme” as they felt the need to act rather than just sympathise with the family.
Longkumer revealed how the idea of a musical fundraiser was warmly accepted by the public and people from all walks of life acknowledged the initiative. He narrated how a little girl from Kohima (whose identity was not revealed), on hearing about Longchar has willingly donated her ‘piggy bank’ for the noble cause as her parents were out of town.
Of the many performances that marked the event, appearances made by school mates of Longchar won hearts. Longchar, a Class V student of St John School Kohima, and her brother, a Class III student of the same school, were both unable to attend classes ever since she was diagnosed, as the family has been shifting from Mumbai to Guwahati for her treatment.
Another performer, Nzanthung, emotionally dedicated a song to Longchar saying that he did not want to deprive himself of the opportunity to contribute for the cause as he had lost his father who was diagnosed with the same ailment in 2017.
Ajit John, the general secretary of Spectrum Institute of Academic and Life Skill Development Society (SIALSDS), who brainstormed the idea of the musical fundraiser, said: “We want to help her at this time as she is recovering.” Longchar’s father works as a grade-IV employee at PWD and her mother is a homemaker.
Addressing the gathering prior to the programme, John said: “There may be hundreds who are suffering like Loktinula. But it is only our prayers that will heal them with the grace of God. As the music goes on, let our music be consistent that God hears the prayers for little Loktinula.”
With over 500 well-wishers who turned up at the musical fundraiser, the entire event from the hall to the sound system were all generously contributed by various citizens. John and Longkumer further thanked the leaders and elders of the colony for the constant support.
In all, Rs 2,91,419 was raised for the 13-year-old cancer patient. As the family was not present at the event, the amount was handed to an aunt of Loktinula Longchar at the end of the event.