‘Pedal for Child Heart’: Fortis Hospital organises cyclothon to raise funds for children

Funds collected from this initiative will be utilised for the benefit of underprivileged children. This initiative bolsters Project Aasha, an initiative by Chief Minister’s Relived Fund (Maharashtra) and Fortis Hospital, to fund surgeries of children suffering from Congenital Heart Diseases

Participants geared up at the Pedal for Child Heart Cyclothon organized by Fortis Hospital Mulund in association with Cyclathon India
Participants geared up at the Pedal for Child Heart Cyclothon organised by Fortis Hospital Mulund in association with Cyclathon India

Congenital Heart Diseases (CHD) impacts approximately 8 amongst every 1,000 newborn children in India. To bridge this gap, Chief Minister’s Relived Fund and Fortis Hospital, Mulund, joined hands to fund surgeries of children suffering from Congenital Heart Diseases, thereby bringing down the burden.

To further this cause Pedal for Child Heart was conceptualised. Driven jointly by Fortis Hospital, Mulund and Cyclothon India, the initiative witnessed support from over 250 bicyclists, today; all proceeds from this event will fund children’s cardiac surgeries.

‘Pedal for Child Heart’: Fortis Hospital organises cyclothon to raise funds for children
Children of various age groups participating in the Pedal for Child Heart Cyclothon conceptualised and organised by Fortis Hospital Mulund in association with Cyclathon India.

The event witnessed cyclists enthusiastically participate in various race categories, which was flagged-off at Korum Mall, Thane. Cycles were provided for those who did not have one, bibs and helmets were distributed prior to the race.

‘Pedal for Child Heart’: Fortis Hospital organises cyclothon to raise funds for children
Chief Guest, Iron man of India Mr. Siddharth Sukla (right) alongside Dr Hasmukh Rawat, Senior Cardiologist, Fortis Hospital Mulund (2nd from right) and other dignitaries at the Pedal for Child Heart Cyclothon which was conceptualised and organised by Fortis Hospital Mulund in association with Cyclothon India

The cause was also supported by Decathlon, Leo Club of Thane North Star, Lions Club of Thane and graced by Chief Guest, India’s Iron Man Siddharth Shukla.

Dr Hasmukh Rawat, Senior Cardiologist, Dr Swati Garekar, Paediatric Cardiologist, Fortis Hospital, Mulund, joined in to flag off the race.

The initiative was also supported by fellow medical staff from the hospital Dr Dhananjay Malvankar Paediatric Cardiac Surgeon, Dr Sanjay Shah, Senior Physician and Dr Sachin Patil, Paediatric Cardiac Anaesthetist. The event witnessed support from Thane-Mulund’kars who encouraged the cyclists along the route.

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Speaking about the event, Siddharth Shukla – India’s Iron Man, said, “I am honoured to be a part of this wonderful initiative that supports the treatment of those children suffering from heart disease. To see so many people from all walks of life come out and cycle for the cause is heart-warming and heroic”.

Speaking about the initiative, Dr Hasmukh Rawat- Senior Cardiologist, Fortis Hospital Mulund, said, “We delighted with our association with Cyclothon India, who have joined hands with us to spread awareness about CHD.”

Rawat added, “This initiative will certainly help us bring down the number of children waiting for a corrective cardiac surgery or treatment, while easing off the financial burden off their parents.”

He concluded saying, “These proceeds will especially help families from disempowered backgrounds. This is a progressive step towards in ensuring healthy children-healthy future”.