Lourd Vijay, a professional dancer and Guinness World Record holder, is all set to drive by car for a social responsibility initiative titled ‘Spreading Hope’, a non-profit foundation, on a mission to raise nationwide awareness on kidney diseases and the importance of organ donation.
Lourd Vijay was diagnosed with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) in 2013 and underwent a kidney transplant in 2016. Through ‘Spreading Hope,’ he aims to drive from Chennai to Ladakh, covering 9,000 kms to spread awareness about the seriousness of kidney disease and inspire ten million people to pledge their organs and save lives. There will pit stops at major cities where people will join him in spread awareness on organ donation.
He was in Pune on Thursday, August 17 as part of his awareness drive and will arrive in Mumbai on Friday, August 18. While explaining about the purpose behind this drive, he mentioned that this is an attempt to engage with the government, corporates, educational and health care institutions to support the cause.
Vijay said that he has been battling the illness for more than three years and undergoing an organ transplant was a traumatic experience for him.
The aim of this drive is to spread awareness on kidney disease through classroom type sessions, conducting kidney screenings free of cost and raise awareness on the issue of organ donations.
“CKD has changed the way I looked at life. It has given me a new purpose and that’s how I started the mission ‘Spreading Hope’. This mission is a mammoth task for raising awareness on kidney disease and organ donation. The first activity of this mission is to drive from Chennai to Ladakh, spreading the cause. Awareness about the risks of kidney disease in India is very low and people are very resistant to the concept of organ donation. My mission is to help interested people convince their families to willingly register themselves as donors,” he further noted.
‘Spreading Hope’ has collaborated with experts from different fields who are helping accomplish this mission. DaVita, a Fortune 200® dialysis provider, is the principal contributor to the cause. Aditya Singh, Managing Director, DaVita Care (India) Pvt. Ltd., said that awareness about kidney disease remains significantly low in India.
“It is important to detect the risk of kidney disease early on, so that progression of end stage renal disease can be slowed. Through our association with the “Spreading Hope” drive, we hope to help increase awareness of the same,” noted Singh.