Sindhi Tattler Honoree # 4
Ramesh Genomal of Manila. April 2008-2011
Charity of love, which is discreet, profound, and truly different from the way others do it. He says he does it because they are children just like ours, and because they are so deprived, they deserve to be loved and treated specially. He says it elevates him to see the gleam and twinkle in the eyes of these little children that he has made happy.
A BRIEF BACKGROUND
Just imagine a bright yellow funny looking mobile van (out of the pages of a comic book) driving through the streets of Manila. First destination is The Philippine Cancer society children’s ward. The van comes to a stop, the rear door rolls up, a ramp is lowered and out comes this cute purple baby dinosaur which is over 6 feet tall. His name is Chummy Chum, and behind him, a colorful popcorn cart comes rolling down the ramp followed by another cart, but this time, a cute cotton candy making. Sound speakers from the sides of the cart are blaring out the jovial “Jump with Chummy Chum song”. The parade marches into the cancer ward of the center where children stricken with terminal cancer are housed. These children left with only a few precious moments in life, are quietly and sadly lying in their beds until Chummy Chum comes dancing in creating a whole big scene of fun and excitement, and not before long the entire cancer ward turns into a mini circus with chummy chum dancing away and singing with the little kids. Coloring books and toys are distributed to the children, and the kids with their gleaming eyes are now crowding around the popcorn and cotton candy machine with their salivating mouths. A wonderful feeling of joy surrounds the once gloomy atmosphere of the ward.
Chummy Chum came to earth in September 2007. He adapted Ramesh and Cherina Genomal as his surrogate parents. Starting from the Philippines he hopes to eventually spread his joy to children in India, and other parts of the world.
Chummy Chum makes his appearance several days of the week at hospitals, orphanages and other children centers. Visit his website at www.chummychum.org ……be sure to see the video and listen to the Chummy Song