The foundation was started by Rajesh Shetty in January 2015. The idea of the foundation was to help people with queries regarding organ donation, a lesser known concept at the time.
“Mahavayadan Sohla (महाअव्ययदान सोहळा) was declared by the Maharashtra State Government Higher Medical Education Minister, Girish Mahajan, on August 29th and 30th. Today, in association with the Indian Medical Association (IMA), Pune, ReBirth Foundation officially inaugurated it at Nitu Mandke Hall, Tilak Road, Pune,” said Rajesh Shetty, President of ReBirth Foundation.
The foundation alongside the celebration, hosted a plethora of events included street plays on organ donation to create awareness across Pune for five days, fixing of LED screen showing the award winning films at ‘Green Corridor’, the short film competition by ReBirth on Organ Donation and Organ Donation appealing flex, totalling 1000 numbers.
“We are here to help the people with awareness about organ donation. It is time we wake up to this and help the government in their initiatives,” added Shetty while speaking to My Medical Mantra.
Dr Prakash Marathe, President of IMA also spoke about the importance of organ donation saying, “On the occasion of Ganeshotsav, this Solha is an important one. Lord Gajanan, as we believe is himself believed to have undergone organ implant with a face of an elephant and a human body. Having said that, this organ donation sohla (conference) has been a result of the wonderful work done by the IMA and ReBirth Foundation.”