This World Heart Day, your 10,000 steps can help an underprivileged child receive life-saving heart surgery

Roundup Wednesday 28/September/2022 13:11 PM
By: Times News Service
This World Heart Day, your 10,000 steps can help an underprivileged child receive life-saving heart surgery

Muscat: Aster Volunteers, the global CSR arm of Aster DM Healthcare, one of the largest integrated healthcare provider networks in GCC and India, has launched the second edition of ‘Heart2Heart Walks’ on the occasion of World Heart Day. The global initiative aims to encourage people to walk for their heart health, while also providing them with a greater cause of saving the lives of underprivileged children in need of heart surgery.

The second edition of #Heart2Heart by Aster Volunteers commenced today at Aster Royal Hospital and will run until 16th October 2022. During this period, individuals wishing to participate can register online via heart2heart.astervolunteers.com and walk a minimum of 10,000 steps per day for 2 weeks of the campaign period. With the combined efforts of the participating individuals, Aster DM Foundation will be donating INR.100/- for minimum 10,000 steps a day, towards Pediatric Cardiac Surgery for underprivileged children through Aster Volunteers Treatment Aid programme in India

Flagging off the initiative, Dr Ashendu Pandey – CEO, Aster Hospitals & Clinics Oman, said, “Cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of deaths globally, however, half of these can be prevented. In India, 2 million children have undetected congenital heart issues. Through the Heart2Heart Walk initiative by Aster Volunteers, we at Aster want to encourage people to take proactive measures to safeguard their heart health and support underprivileged children with cardiac ailments in gaining a healthy future. Our efforts are in line with WHO’s theme of World Heart Day 2022 - 'Use Heart for Every Heart'. Let us give hope to people, lets walk for our own health and for the smiles of underprivileged kids.”

Last year, the ‘Heart2Heart Walks’ organised by Aster Volunteers had contributed INR 2.26 million for pediatric-cardiac surgeries of underprivileged children, towards the right direction of touching little lives and promising them a healthier tomorrow. To contribute this year, participants will need to record their steps on their gadgets/smartphones and share their step count through screenshots on heart2heart.astervolunteers.com or whatsapp it on Oman number - +968 92167864. Alternatively, one can upload it in on their social media channel with #Heart2Heart and #Astervolunteers.

About Aster Volunteers

Aster Volunteers programme, the global corporate social responsibility initiative of Aster DM Healthcare, was launched on occasion of the company's 30th anniversary in 2017 and provides a platform which bridges the gap between people who would like to help with those in need. Driven by Aster DM Foundation, through various initiatives, the programme has been able to impact 3.9 million+ lives across geographies. Aster Volunteers have been able to treat 679,898+ individuals through mobile medical camps; 197,028 people have benefitted from Basic Life Support (BLS) awareness trainings and 47,973 free surgeries as well as clinical investigations were conducted; supported with the recruitment of 142 differently abled people of determination and treated 672,963 people through medical camps. Aster Volunteers have also been at the forefront of the battle against COVID – 19 and has impacted 2 million+ lives through various social activities.