New Delhi, (Agencies): In two special events held at Delhi, school and college students, corporate executives, prominent personalities and cancer survivors walked together to raise awareness about cancer on Sunday.

Held to express unity with cancer-affected people and survivors, the programmes were organised separately by NGOs CanSupport and Indian Cancer Society, just two days after February 4 which is observed every year as World Cancer Day.

The four-km 'Walk for Life -- Stride against Cancer' of CanSupport was flagged off at 9.30 am by Commonwealth Games gold medalist discuss thrower Krishna Poonia from the Central Civil Services Sports Ground in Chanakyapuri.

US envoy to India Timothy J Roemer, Minister of State for External Affairs Preneet Kaur and prominent persons from diverse fields took part in the procession that saw schoolchildren and college students with banners on cancer awareness joining in with great zeal.

"I am very very honoured to join this show of community support for cancer-affected and survivors," Roemer said.

CanSupport founder-director Harmala Gupta said such events are also an effort to sensitise the government agencies about need for more funds for cancer detection, awareness and palliative care.

The Indian Cancer Society (ISC) with support from city-based Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Institute also structured a 'Walk for Cancer Awareness' which started from Navy Children's School and went through Sarojini Nagar area from 9 am to 12 noon.

It was a riot of colours as schoolchildren dressed in yellow tees joined the walk in large numbers. Yellow, associated with cancer solidarity, was also the flavour in the CanSupport event as people wore scarves of that colour.

Around 2000 people attended the ISC event including Army Chief General V K Singh, athletics legend Milkha Singh, wrestler Sushil Kumar and mountaineer Santosh Yadav.

"Our walk this year comes just after a major conference on paediatric cancer organised by the Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Institute. So we have chosen childhood cancer as our focus this time," Renu Chopra of Indian Cancer Society said.

Information booklets on childhood cancer were circulated at the event where students also gave cultural performances, including a street play against tobacco consumption.