MUMBAI: Wockhardt Foundation in association with the Rotary Club of Bombay Bayview organized a fund raising event- Dil Se Dil Tak, to treat children suffering from congenital heart defects under the Foundation’s Little Hearts initiative.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), around 10,000 children are born each year with a critical congenital heart defect. Most of these cases require heart surgery within their first year of life. Sadly many of them succumb due to lack of resources, facilities and awareness.
Wockhardt Foundation supports the cause through its ‘Little Hearts’ programme with an aim to save lives of babies with heart defects from under privileged section of society in association with Wockhardt Hospital.
The Little Hearts programme of Wockhardt Foundation plans to give financial aid to children between 0-15 years from under privileged strata of society with congenital heart diseases and save the young lives, and hence organized a fund raising event.
The fund-raiser, which was attended by prominent personalities of the government and entertainment industry, saw live performances by Dr. Rahul Joshi’s & Evolution (a band of young musicians).
Amruta Fadnavis, Jackky Bhagnani, Actor, Prakash Mehta, Maharashtra Housing Minister, Anup Jalota, Bhajan Samrat, Mohit Kamboj, President BYJIM & President IBJA, Dr. Aditi Govitrikar, Mrs.World 2001, Rahul Roy, Actor supported the cause with their presence during the event.
Amruta Fadnavis said, “There are around 3 lakh children diagnosed with congenital heart defects, they die only because of lack of funds and awareness. The Government is doing its bit, but NGOs like Wockhardt Foundation and others help fulfil the need to a great extent.”
Sir Dr. Huz (Huzaifa Khorakiwala) CEO and Trustee, Wockhardt Foundation, a Nobel person with charitable deeds celebrated his birthday by raising funds for Little Hearts
He said, “Little Hearts was started with the mission of saving young lives suffering from congenital heart defects and it gives me immense pleasure to share that we have successfully completed 320 surgeries under this initiative. Today’s fund raiser is a step towards saving these innocent lives. I want more and more people to come forward and help support the cause.”
Community Service Director, Rtn. Sharad Lohia says, “Dil Se Dil Tak is our largest fund raising event. It is our mission to not only save those children with congenital heart defects but also provide them with a new lease of life. The pledges / commitments received at this event, which has been one of our most successful fund raisers, have ensured that these young and precious lives will be saved. We are extremely grateful to all our generous donors, patrons and friends who have supported this cause. Dil se”